Mammography screening saves lives. Every year, mammograms reduce breast cancer mortality by 40 percent and cancers are often detected in earlier stages. However, both nationally and locally, there has been a considerable decrease in preventative cancer screenings due to COVID-19 pandemic shut downs. “We understand that feeling hesitant or fearful about obtaining a screening during this time is normal,” says Reyna Machado, the director of the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program. Now, however, as New York is opening up, it is possible to safely get a mammogram.
Karen Kostroff, M.D., FACS and Chief of Breast Surgery at the Northwell Health System and board member of the Adelphi Breast Cancer Program, says, “We needed some time to prepare our offices, and put the measures in place so we could care for our patients’ safety. Today our breast imaging offices are clean and safe and open for patients. It is very important for women to return for mammography, and not to skip this year.”
The Adelphi program aims to empower people to take control of their health and that includes scheduling their annual mammograms, urging those needing to schedule a screening to contact their doctor’s office today. “If you or someone you know has faced job loss and/or lacks health insurance, our Sisters United in Health initiative at 516.877.4336 can connect you with free and/or low-cost mammography screening resources (in English and Spanish), said Angelica Medina, Sisters outreach supervisor.
To reach the Adelphi Breast Cancer Hotline call 800-877-8077. You are not alone.