By Eden Laikin
Emmy award-winning Sex and the City star, Cynthia Nixon, spoke to a packed crowd at Nassau’s 3rd Annual Breast Cancer Summit last week about her personal experience and battle with breast cancer, and her mother’s 35-year survival with the illness.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and New York State Senate Health Committee Chair Kemp Hannon joined doctors from the vin honoring Nixon with a lifetime achievement award for her advocacy and dedication to raising awareness.
“We are here today to honor those who have passed from breast cancer, and pay tribute to the survivors, their loved ones and caregivers,” County Executive Mangano said. “We are also here to share the joys and triumphs in this battle. And, boy, have we come a long way. Look where we are today! With detection, treatment, reconstruction, research – Today’s research is incredible. We didn’t know the key role genetics played in detection back then. Today, most clinical trials are done here on Long Island, and that’s terrific. But we can go further. And today, you are all part of that solution.”
Other speakers at the Sept 30 event, which was held at the Coral House in Baldwin, outlined the latest innovations, treatments and services for women with breast cancer, specifically focusing on patient education.
Aside from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. Rates of breast cancer on Long Island are among the highest in the State of New York, with an average annual incidence of 116.9 per 100,000 women (compared to the statewide average of 104.1 per 100,000 women). There are 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States.
More than two dozen breast cancer advocacy and support groups were represented at the summit, including Adelphi Breast Cancer Hotline, American Cancer Society, Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition, Beyond Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Coalition, Breast Cancer Help, Inc., Friends for Life, Lean On Me Breast Cancer Network, Manhasset’s Breast Coalition Against Cancer, The Maurer Foundation for Breast Health Education and North Shore Neighbors Breast Cancer
Legislative Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves and Legislator Rose Walker spoke about re-starting the Nassau Cancer Task Force