UTICA, NY – Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. presented a $ 4.225 check to the American Cancer Society…
UTICA, NY – Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. presented a $ 4.225 check to the American Cancer Society Tuesday for the funds Oneida County raised in the fight against breast cancer.
The money was raised by a series of employees dressing days as part of the County Council’s Real Men Wear Pink Campaign, where he carried an article of pink clothes every October to raise awareness of breast cancer.
Picente participated in the American Cancer Society initiative for the second straight year, renamed Real Men Wear Pink’s “Real Man” for 201
8, giving a total of $ 5,527.
“I would like to thank our county workers and the rest of those who made a donation in my name for this worthy cause, Picente said.” It’s really humble that so many people joined me to fight this sweat that hit many of the women we love. “
More than a dozen community leaders participated in this year’s Real Men Wear Pink campaign and have grown more than 17,500 USD so far. The Utica area campaign is currently ranked 150 out of 228 in the nation. It will be open to donations until the end of the year.
“The real men carry the pink campaign is a success because of the passion and dedication of so many amazing guys throughout our society that go up to lead the fight against breast cancer , “Says Robert Elinskas, senior social development director for the northeastern region of the American Cancer Society.” We are honored to acknowledge Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente as the year’s highest fundraiser for the campaign, and grateful to all who participated to help make a difference in this important battle. “
In addition to Picente’s collection efforts, the county also helped to increase breast cancer awareness by placing pink ribbons in the windows of County Office Building in Utica and highlighting the building pink throughout October long.
According to the New York State Department of Health, there were about 192 cases of breast cancer within Oneida County 2015. The same year, the state of New York had an annual 15 766 cases of breast cancer.
“Regular screening for breast cancer is important because early detection is key,” said Oneida County Department of Health Director Phyllis Ellis, BSN, MS, FACHE. “The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the better treatment options and more successful treatment will be. Great progress has been made in early detection and treatment of breast cancer, and many women diagnosed with the disease live long and healthy lives.”
Following the guidelines from American Cancer Society for Women With Average Risk:
• Women 40-44 years old have the opportunity to start screening with a mammogram every year.
• Women 45-54 years should receive mammograms every year.
• Women 55 years and older can switch to mammograms every two years or continue the annual schedule.
• Screening should continue as long as women are in good health and are expected to live 10 years or longer.
For those who are uninsured or insured, Cancer Services Program The Central Region offers breast, cervical and colorectal cancer for women and men, regardless of income, in Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie.
For more information about Cancer Services Progr, visit the Central Region, or to create a meeting, call 1-888-345-0225.
To make a donation to the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink Campaign, visit: www.realmenwearpinkacs.org/uticany.