American Cancer Society raises awareness with annual Breast Cancer Walk in Coney Island
The American Cancer Society held its annual Breast Cancer Walk in Coney Island.
Thousands of cancer survivors, their families and supporters walked along the boardwalk to bring awareness to what is now the most diagnosed cancer worldwide.
Breast cancer affects nearly 18,000 women in New York alone.
The American Cancer Society organized the event in the hopes of supporting survivors and reminding people of the importance of getting screened.
“Screening for breast cancer usually starts at age 40 in terms of getting an annual mammogram. But even before that, if women notice that anything is abnormal with their breast or if they think something is wrong, they should let their doctor know. We unfortunately are seeing younger women, women in their 20s and 30s with breast cancer,” said Natalie Klar, breast Oncologist at NYU Perlmutter Cancer Center.
The organization also hopes to shed light on racial disparities in cancer patients. While breast cancer deaths have declined steadily in the last three decades, experts say black women are still less likely to be diagnosed than white women and are 41% more like to die from breast cancer.