YONKERS – By a unanimous vote, the Yonkers City Council has officially declared September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in the City of Yonkers. The bill is designed to help raise awareness of prostate cancer – a disease that is diagnosed in 15,000 men in New York State, annually and is treatable if caught early.
By bringing attention to the prostate cancer, the Members seek to encourage eligible and at-risk Yonkers residents to get regular screenings and consult with their health provider to develop prevention strategies that work their risk level such as regular exercise and a healthy diet.
The resolution commemorating the month outlines survival rate for early detections,
“Research studies have shown that the men who are diagnosed before metastasis occurs have nearly 100 5year survival rate and a 98% 10-year survival rating. On the contrary, men whose cancer has spread to other areas of the body only have a 5-year survival rate of 30%. These improved survival rates demonstrate the importance of regular examinations and early detection.”
Majority Leader Tasha Diaz (District 3) added, “As someone with a history of cancer in my family, I know firsthand the devastating toll that cancer can have on a person and their loved ones. But prostate cancer is highly treatable if detected and treated early. Periodic screening should become a regular part everyone’s healthcare regiment.”
Minority Leader Mike Breen (District 5) said, “It is critical that every eligible Yonkers resident understands the importance of regular screening and early detection. It can the difference between survival and death. There are many world-class health providers and medical care facilities that Yonkers residents have access to for testing and quality treatment options, if needed.”
“According to the state’s Health Department, 1,700 men die from prostate cancer every year in New York State. The sad and unfortunate fact is that many of these deaths could have been prevented if only the disease was detected early before it metastasized. I am optimistic that we will find a cure for cancer but until that day, I strongly encourage every to consult their health care provider on a sensible detection strategy to help keep them safe,” concluded Shanae Williams (District 1).
This year marks the 23rd anniversary of National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. It is observed by health experts, health advocates and individuals concerned with men’s prostrate health, prostate cancer and to support research.