Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and New York State Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon joined “The Nanny” star, actress Fran Drescher, and more than 500 breast cancer survivors, support groups, and healthcare professionals at the 4th Annual Breast Cancer Summit held at the Coral House in Baldwin. Fran Drescher, a Queens County native, spoke about her personal experience and battle with uterine cancer before being honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her advocacy and dedication to raising cancer awareness.
Nassau County Executive Mangano stated, “Approximately 210,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, nationwide. And, at least 1,400 men are diagnosed every year. These numbers, to hear them aloud, are astonishing. We need to work harder to promote early detection for women, and men, so that we are able to save more lives.”
At the 4th Annual Breast Cancer Summit, healthcare professionals discussed 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. Approximately 1 in 8 women (12%) in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. Rates on Long Island are among the highest in the nation. Approximately 40,000 women in the United States are expected to die in 2014 from breast cancer.
The event was sponsored by the County of Nassau and the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group.