Greenpoint Gazette

Here’s To Your Health This October

BY Jeff Mann

In keeping with the theme of health awareness in October, on Sunday morning Woodhull Hospital held a soccer tournament at Sternberg Park, which brought out NY Red Bulls player Luke Sassano. The tournament which was a joint venture between the hospital, the Red Bulls and the World Soccer Project was part of Woodhull’s program to highlight the importance of men’s health.
Brooklyn BP Marty Markowitz is another advocate for men’s health. In addition to presenting a proclamation at Woodhull’s event Sunday, the BP launched his ninth annual “Take Your Man to the Doctor” on WEDNESDAY October 6, featuring free health screenings and flu shots in downtown Brooklyn on Borough Hall Plaza. “Take Your Man to the Doctor” is a call to action for men of all ages, ethnicities, and economic levels to regularly visit a doctor, and for the women and men who love them to help make it happen. Participating Brooklyn hospitals, clinics and healthcare professionals offered free health screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar, BMI, cholesterol, diabetes, glucose, glaucoma and HIV, as well as podiatry and free flu shots, at the event.
October is awareness month for several illnesses including National Liver Awareness Month, Celiac Awareness Month, Healthy Lung Month, National Orthodontic Health Month, National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, National Spina Bifida Awareness Month, Lupus Awareness Month, Rett Syndrome Awareness Month. Perhaps most notably, due to the large number of people affected by the disease, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Greenpoint State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan is urging women to take advantage of free breast cancer support and mammogram referral services this October, the 25th National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “Early detection is the best defense woman have against breast cancer,” said Dilan. “Though 95 percent of all mammograms prove to be negative, it is important to be sure whether or not you are in the clear or need to get the care and support you need as soon as possible.” Trained volunteers will be available to provide emotional support, information about breast cancer and references for accredited facilities that offer free or low-cost mammograms in your area. Social work staff can also provide professional counseling services. Both advice and referral services are free. Anyone in New York State with breast cancer concerns can call the Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support’s toll-free number at (800) 877-8077.
The hotline fields approximately 3,500 calls annually.

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