LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Educators at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell is joining a statewide awareness campaign to fight breast and prostate cancer.
According to a press release from Sue Dunn, she is a Peer Educator for the NYS Breast and Prostate Peer Education Project serving Steuben, Livingston and Allegany Counties and is available at 607-324-8166 or firstname.lastname@example.org to speak with groups or individuals to provide the information needed to take care of their health.
The initiative is fueled by funds from Health Research, Inc. and the New York State Department of Health with the aim to help women better understand the need for regular breast cancer screening, and access screening if appropriate, and educate men about prostate cancer and encourage them to speak to their health care provider.
Dunn says that with nearly 15,000 women diagnosed each year, breast cancer is one of most common cancers among women in New York State. It is also the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in New York women, responsible for more than 2,600 deaths each year. Regular screening is key to early diagnosis of breast cancer. Finding breast cancer early can make it easier to treat. Local community peer outreach efforts are focused on helping women 50 to 74 years old better understand the importance of regular breast cancer screening and debunk the many myths about screening and breast cancer.
Dunn added that after skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in New York State. Each year, about 15,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and 1,700 men die of the disease. The Cancer Education Project is working to raise awareness among men, particularly those at high risk, about the symptoms and risks for prostate cancer, and encouraging them to have conversations with their health care providers about their prostate health.
Dunn welcomes any suggestions for outreach opportunities.