By Shoshana Stahl SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)- October is breast cancer awareness month and people all over Central New York came to the 24th annual Making Strides 5-k fundraising walk on Sunday at Onondaga Community College. The event raised $300,000 but raising awareness is just as important as raising money.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in New York and the second-leading cause of cancer related deaths. The American Cancer Society says that early detection and diagnosis is essential.
The New York State Cancer Services Program offers extended hours of screenings at select hospitals across the state. This program also provides free screenings to uninsured women over the age of 40 or those under 40-years-old at a high risk for breast cancer.
Tracey Burkey is on the board of advisors for the American Cancer Society and a breast cancer survivor herself. She says that raising awareness is important this month but the battle against cancer is year-round.
You can call 866-442-2262 or visit ny.gov to find screenings in your area.