Brooklyn, NY, October 18 — Kingsborough Community College (KCC) president, Dr. Regina Peruggi, today announced that the college and The Maurer Foundation for Breast Health Education will host a day of breast health education with emphasis on prevention, early detection and risk reduction, Tuesday, October 23, from 9 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., at various locations on campus.
The Maurer Foundation, the New York City Commission on Women’s Issues and the City University of New York (CUNY) have announced that free breast health education workshops for all city employees and CUNY students will be conducted in municipal buildings and on seven CUNY campuses throughout the coming year.
“We are very pleased, during breast cancer awareness month, to sponsor a day of breast health education here at Kingsborough Community College for our female students and staff as well as women throughout the borough of Brooklyn where 10% of cancer deaths are attributed to breast cancer,” said Dr. Peruggi.
The American Cancer Society estimates that breast cancer will afflict 1 in 8 women during their lifetimes, and the threat posed to Brooklyn women is particularly acute. Breast cancer was responsible for 10% of all cancer deaths in the borough last year, the highest such mortality rate in the city.
“CUNY has over 400,000 students and 62% of the student body is represented by women. We are excited about this initiative to promote women’s health and empower women to take care of themselves,” said Dr. Garrie W. Moore, vice chancellor for Student Affairs for the City University of New York. “To contribute to academic success and personal growth at CUNY, we are committed to making quality health education available to all of our students. We are pleased to have this opportunity to partner with the City Council, the NYC Commission on Women’s Issues, and The Maurer Foundation to promote breast health education on our campuses.”
The day-long agenda on the KCC campus will include breast health classes, free mammogram and colorectal screening for pre-registered attendees, demonstration of breast and testicular self examination, presentations by breast cancer survivors and advocates and certified breast health educators.
Among the sponsors for the KCC Breast health education day are the City University of New York, Society for Public Health Education, and The Honorable Steven Cymbrowitz, 45th Assembly District.
About Kingsborough Community College:
Kingsborough Community College, one of the top ten community colleges in the country and Brooklyn’s only community college, is located on a 70-acre campus in Manhattan
Beach, on the southern tip of Brooklyn. The breathtaking campus overlooks three bodies
of water: Sheepshead Bay, Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. It serves approximately
thirty thousand students per year, offering a wide range of credit and non-credit courses in the liberal arts, career education, and specialized programs.
About The Maurer Foundation
The Maurer Foundation for Breast Health Education is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to educating people of all ages about breast cancer risk reduction and early detection. Addressing women and men in schools, community organizations, places of business and through media outlets, the Foundation’s up-to-date educational programs are aimed at dispelling myths and allaying fears about breast cancer while filling the knowledge gap that exists about maintaining breast health. Since its founding in 1995 by Long Island breast surgeon Dr. Virginia E. Maurer, The Maurer Foundation has educated nearly 120,000 individuals. To schedule a free breast health program for your office, or community organization, please contact May Vlachos at 516.535.5370.
Contact: Ruby Ryles
Kingsborough Community College