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BREAST CANCER RISK REDUCTION

 " I’m a believer in the precautionary principle. It doesn’t say that you act when you have no information, but you act in the presence of concerning information even if you don’t have certainty.  Science is rarely 100 percent certain. So if you follow the precautionary principle, you look at all the evidence and you say maybe we don’t know everything,  but there’s enough to suggest that we might want to be cautious."
Linda Birnbaum, Director of NIEHS, in an interview with Consumer's Union

  • Risk Reduction: Quick Precautionary Tips (Read Tips)
  • Websites That Address Breast Cancer & The Environment (View Sites)


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LEND A HELPING HAND (LAHH)

What is Lend A Helping Hand?

The Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition offers a "Lend A Helping Hand" program for women and men who have been newly diagnosed with breast cancer in order to alleviate some of the stresses and demands associated with post breast cancer surgery and subsequent treatment.

The usual chores of daily living such as house cleaning, food preparation, child care and transportation may seem more difficult after being newly diagnosed, surgery and treatment. LAHH relieves some of these stresses of everyday life by providing funding for these services.

How can I qualify for this program?

Our coalition needs to receive in writing from your doctor(s) information that you have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, and will be having (or have just had) surgery, chemotherapy and / or radiation treatment. We also need to know in writing from your doctor the expected duration of your treatment.

Services

* House Cleaning
* Home Care
* Transportation to/from Medical Appointments
* Child Care
* Post -Mastectomy Accessory Items (bras and wigs)
* Food shopping and/or food catering to the home

Please note that for all of the above services the participant of our LAHH chooses the individuals, vendors or companies, and then provides Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition with receipts of these services.

 

BOOK DONATION PROGRAM

All of the following books have been donated by GNBCC to our Great Neck Public Library system and to all of our Great Neck Public School Libraries. The books listed for children also have been donated to the Great Neck Community School.
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SAFE LAWN ~ CLEAN WATER CAMPAIGN

A growing body of evidence has shown that several chemicals which we are exposed to on a daily basis may act as “estrogen mimickers”. Research indicates that our lifetime exposure to estrogen may increase our risk of getting breast cancer. Certain pesticides have been shown to be estrogenic and have also been categorized by the Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A) as probable or possible carcinogens. To err on the side of caution, seek safer alternatives to pesticides and speak to your gardener about using toxic-free products and methods. For a copy of our brochure click here.

For information on using safer alternatives to pesticides, visit www.grassrootsinfo.org.

Great Neck Student Participates in Our Safe Lawn ~ Green Water Campaign, (PDF)

 

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SEMINARS

We have had experts lecture in Great Neck from various parts of the country including, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute of Boston, the Fox Chase Cancer Center of Philadelphia and local sources such as Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

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GNBCC WORKSHOPS, LECTURES

We offer programs on many breast health issues such as risk reduction, and how to avoid toxic environmental exposures.

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NEWSLETTER

Our quarterly newsletter contains the latest information regarding breast cancer treatment, early detection, risk reduction, and the environmental exposures which may put us at risk. The newsletter also informs our readers of national and statewide legislation currently assisting women with breast cancer, and legislation that addresses risk reduction. We also inform our membership of local, regional and statewide resources and events pertaining to breast cancer. Read about our accomplishments and upcoming events in the most current newsletter– Fall/Winter 2011- 2012 (PDF)

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NETWORKING

We network with regional and national breast cancer coalitions, environmental coalitions, and government health agencies. We also attend regional and national conferences that address the latest breast health issues.

GNBCC also is a member of the New York State Breast Cancer Network and has a seat on the Network’s board. For more information on the New York State Breast Cancer Network, go to: www.nysbcsen.org.

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