New York governor reiterates importance of breast cancer screening for women

By Xia Lin

NEW YORK, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Friday that the state will continue to make it a priority and make it easier for every woman to get breast cancer lifesaving screenings.

"While COVID-19 forced many New Yorkers to put off routine health exams during the height of the pandemic, restrictions on non-emergency medical care have been lifted, so we encourage women to stay updated with their breast cancer screenings," said Cuomo.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in New York State. Each year, over 16,200 women in New York are diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 2,500 die from the disease, according to an official press release.

The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women between 50 and 74 years of age get a mammogram every two years.

Some landmark buildings in New York State have been lit pink to commemorate the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month of October.

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