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NY landmarks lit pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

RADIO.COM logo RADIO.COM 10/23/2020
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced landmarks across the state would be lit up in the color pink to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

One World Trade Center, The Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, Kosciuszko Bridge, The H. Carl McCall SUNY Building, State Education Building, Alfred E. Smith State Office Building, New York State Fairgrounds, Niagara Falls, Mid-Hudson Bridge, Grand Central Terminal and the Albany International Airport Gateway will all lit in commemoration.

In a press release, Gov. Cuomo said that while the coronavirus pandemic is still prevalent, women are still developing and dying for breast cancer.

"While COVID-19 forced many New Yorkers to put off routine health exams during the height of the pandemic, restrictions on non-emergency medical care have been lifted, so we encourage women to stay updated with their breast cancer screenings," Cuomo said. "We will continue to make it a priority and make it easier for every woman in New York to get these lifesaving screenings."

Each year, over 16,200 women in the state are diagnoses with the cancer and 2,500 die from the disease.

In an effort to lower the numbers, the state Department of Health launched a multimedia campaign to encourage women to get screened.

While cancer screenings have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to make screening a priority. I encourage women throughout New York State to be screened with the goal of finding cancer early when it may be easier to treat," said Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.

In New York, women between the ages of 50 and 74 who report having had a mammogram within the past two years increased from 82.1 percent in 2018 to 83.3 percent in 2019.

Federal health officials recommend all women between 50 and 74 years old should get a mammogram every two years.

This week, the MTA also took part in commemorating Breast Cancer Awareness Month by handing out pink face masks to riders on subways, buses and commuter trains.

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