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Op-Ed: Finishing the fight against breast cancer

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Alvaro Carrasca l, M.D., M.P.H. Senior Vice President, Cancer Control

One hundred years ago, the American Cancer Society began the fight of a lifetime – the fight against cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers and the biggest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, we’ve contributed to a 20 percent decline in overall cancer death rates in the US since the early 1990s. That means we’ve helped save nearly 1.2 million lives during that time.

The progress we’ve made is remarkable, but there is more work to be done.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time when we focus our awareness efforts on the fight to end the most frequently diagnosed non-skin cancer in women and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women. Breast cancer will steal the lives of 39,620 women across the United States this year. In Queens alone, we expect 1,418 women to be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 and 300 to die of this disease. This is why it is especially important for Queens residents to lace up their sneakers and walk together at Making Strides Against Breast Cancer on October 20.

Making Strides is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting nearly 300 communities to finish the fight. Our walkers turn awareness into action, raising more than $68 million nationwide for the American Cancer Society last year – one dollar at a time – to save lives from breast cancer.

So where does that money go? First- research. The American Cancer Society invests more in breast cancer research than any other cancer and we’ve played a role in nearly every major breast cancer research breakthrough in recent history. The Society established mammography as the standard to find breast cancer early and discovered lifesaving treatments like Herceptin and Tamoxifen. Thanks in part to our work, the death rate from breast cancer has dropped 33% since 1989 and continuous groundbreaking breast cancer research projects are underway at institutions across New York City. We will continue our work until we end the disease.

But we also support the women of Queens who need help now. One in every two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer reaches out to us for help. This is a huge obligation for one organization to meet. The Society provides emotional support programs like Reach To Recovery, free wigs and assistance with treatment-related physical side effects, free lodging when the treatment facility is far from home, an extensive network of online support and information, and much more.

This research and these programs are possible because of the funds raised through Making Strides. To sign up for the local walk in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park on October 20, visit MakingStridesWalk.org. Connect with us on Facebook at facebook.com/Strides and on Twitter at @MakingStrides.

And remember: if you are 40 or older, get your yearly mammogram. The five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 98 percent among individuals whose cancer has not spread beyond the breast at the time of diagnosis and mammography is the best way to catch breast cancer early. If you are interested in more information or in need of support, please call us at 1-800-227-2345.



Play ‘keepingabreast’ to run in LIC during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


You can’t miss her.  Cameran Hebb is one of those charismatic, effortless beauties who kind of immediately captures your eye in any crowd.  And not just because she is wearing a T-shirt with the words “boobie trapped” printed in neon pink.

When you enter The Queens Kickshaw, where she is a barista and bartender, her warm smile is apt to melt your heart.  And her charisma can instantly become passion, conviction and authority.

When Hebb first auditioned for “keepingabreast,” a new play written by Jackie Rosenfeld, she instantly knew this piece of theater was something special.

After playing the lead character, Mina, during the play’s premiere at the Cherry Lane Theater as part of the 2012 Fringe Festival, she also knew that the final curtain should not fall on the show during the festival.

“The audience kept saying things like, ‘this is the way theater should be done,’” she explains, “and it just confirmed what I already knew.”

She immediately envisioned a next life for the play—which opens with a young woman being advised by her doctor to have a mastectomy after failed chemotherapy.  The story is told through a series of vulnerable, sometimes sexy, sometimes hilarious, but always poignant vignettes chronicling the woman’s journey to decide what course of treatment is best.

Hebb reprises her role as the cancer-stricken lead character, with multiple other roles played in rotation by Lyndsey Anderson and Andy Ingalls—who portray family members, strangers, friends, even a drag queen.  The new production is directed by Sharone Halevy.

Upon receiving a startup grant from the Queens Council on the Arts, as well as a sponsorship by Long Island City’s The Secret Theatre, Hebb found herself just a Kickstarter campaign away from breathing new life into the piece—this time with an outreach component (you can still contribute on the kickstarter page). A fundraiser held by The Queens Kickshaw also helped with funding.

The new staging, this time produced by Hebb herself, will run during national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, from October 18 through the 26.  It will be held in the “Little Secret,” a 50-seat black box theater that lends itself perfectly to the intimacy of the piece.

As an outreach, a select number of seats will be reserved for those in the community suffering or impacted by cancer who otherwise might not be able to afford tickets.  Seats for the public sell for just $15.

“I mainly just wanted to open a dialogue,” says Hebb. “In a world where we so easily disconnect, this play pushes past that in way that is so human, alive and authentic.”

To learn more, go to http://keepingabreast.wix.com/keepingabreast ; $15




Free lectures on breast health

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In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, New York Hospital Queens will be offering free lectures about breast health and cancer at The Bay Terrace shopping center in Bayside.

Upcoming speakers and dates will be:

*Tuesday, October 18 at 6 p.m.– Susan Lee, M.D. Acting Director, Breast Center, New York Hospital Queens, will present a lecture entitled “Breast Healthcare and Screening.” Lindsey Alico, genetic counselor, will present a lecture entitled “Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer and How You Can Determine Your Risk.” Jacqueline Xouris, director, Community Health Outreach, N.Y.S. Cancer Services Program of Eastern Queens will speak about the New York State Cancer Services Program. A breast cancer survivor will speak about her experiences.

*Monday, October 24 at 6 p.m. – Margaret Chen, MD, assistant director, Breast Center, New York Hospital Queens, will present a lecture entitled, “Breast Healthcare and Screening.” Jacqueline Xouris, director, Community Health Outreach, N.Y.S. Cancer Services Program of Eastern Queens, will speak about the New York State Cancer Services Program. A breast cancer survivor will speak about her experiences.

The presentations will be in the vacant corner store on the upper level, directly across from the Bayview Dry Cleaners and next to Villiagio Tanning Salon. Bay Terrace is located at 212-75/77 26th Avenue.

It is not necessary to RSVP. Refreshments will be served.

If you require any additional information, call Debra Pagano Cohen, director, Community and Government Affairs, at 718-670-1586.