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Thursday: Snow, heavy at times, will become mixed with sleet or freezing rain this afternoon. Temps nearly steady in the mid 30s. Winds NE at 25 to 35 mph. 5 to 8 inches of snow and ice expected. Thursday night: A wintry mix this evening will transition to mainly snow overnight. Low 32. Winds N at 20 to 30 mph. Snow and ice accumulating 3 to 5 inches.

EVENT OF THE DAY: The Unlikely Ascent of Sybil Stevens

The Secret Theatre is pleased to announce a three week limited engagement of Kari Bentley-Quinn’s production of “The Unlikely Ascent of Sybil Stevens,” directed by New Voices Co-Director Christopher Diercksen. Main character Sybil Stevens is a Chicago-based flight attendant who finds her life completely changed when she is the sole survivor of a devastating plane crash, and has to deal with the unexpected aftereffects of both the crash and her newfound fame. The Secret Theater is located at 44-02 23rd Street in LIC. Shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday start at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $18. Through Feb. 23. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Cuomo says de Blasio pre-K tax plan is unfair to rest of state

Mayor de Blasio’s tax-the-rich plan to finance pre-kindergarten classes will be rejected in Albany because it’s unnecessary and would actually increase education inequality in the state, Gov. Cuomo declared Wed­nesday. Read more: New York Post

Million dollar luxury watch theft bust

High-end jewelry and watch stores were the target of a four-man crime spree that authorities say hit luxury stores in New York, New Jersey and Virginia for more than a million dollars of watches. Read more: Fox New York

Comptroller to de Blasio: Don’t get involved in arrests

City Comptroller Scott Stringer on Wednesday criticized Mayor de Blasio for personally intervening when a politically connected preacher pal was busted by cops — saying “the mayor shouldn’t be involved in any way when someone gets arrested.” Read more: New York Post 

Study: Mammograms do not improve survival rates in middle-aged women

The value of mammograms is being questioned by a comprehensive new study. Read more: CBS New York

Comedian Sid Caesar dead at age 91

Sid Caesar, a giant of the Golden Age of Television, has died. Read more: AP/CBS New York


Five things everyone should know about breast cancer and mammograms

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


October is breast cancer awareness month. In order to create greater awareness about this insidious disease, North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Myra F. Barginear, MD, shares the important things everyone should know about breast cancer and mammography so that every woman and her family members can become more knowledgeable about the disease and learn how they can best protect themselves and the people they love.

Barginear’s “Top Five Things Everyone Should Know about Breast Cancer”:

1. About 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year in American women.

2. The breast is the most common site of cancer in women. Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women.

3. Mammograms save lives. Mammograms show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them. Mammograms can also prevent the need for extensive treatment for advanced cancers and improve chances of breast conservation. Current guidelines from the American College of Radiology, the American Cancer Society, and the Society for Breast Imaging recommend that women receive annual mammograms starting at age 40 — even if they have no symptoms or family history of breast cancer.

4. Breast cancer survival depends on the stage of disease. There are 4 stages. The best survival is observed in women with early-stage disease.

5. The annual risk of a 70-year-old woman being diagnosed with breast cancer is three times that of a 40-year-old woman.

She emphasizes the importance of getting an annual mammography once a woman turns 40.

“Mammographies have helped reduce breast cancer mortality in the U.S. by nearly one-third since 1990,” Barginear explained. “Of all the years of life saved by mammography, 40 percent are for women in their 40s.” She added that75 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease and are not considered high risk. “Even for women over 50, skipping a mammogram every other year would miss up to 30 percent of cancers.”

For more information on breast cancer and mammography visit the North Shore-LIJ Health System Facebook page during the month of October.