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State landmarks light up in pink for breast cancer awareness

Gov. Kathy Hochul stands behind a podium with the American flag behind her.
Office of Gov. Kathy Hochul
Gov. Kathy Hochul addresses a crowd at an event in this undated photo.

A dozen state landmarks lit up in pink Sunday night in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that the lights represent the importance of routine screenings and early detection of breast cancer. It remains the most frequently diagnosed cancer in New York and is primarily treatable when found early.

"On Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we honor those we have lost to this tragic disease, and all the brave New Yorkers still battling it," Hochul said in a press release. "By illuminating these landmarks in pink, we recognize the advancements that have been made, the work must still be done, and the unwavering support we offer to the heroic survivors.”

This month, Hochul is encourage New Yorkers to learn more about self-screening and routine mammograms. While breast cancer can impact anyone, it takes a disproportionate toll on women of color and those who are uninsured. New York state is working to increase accessibility to breast cancer prevention and treatment.

Earlier this month, a grant opportunity was announced, awarding 21 state organizations the funds to create a New York State Cancer Services Program in their communities. The grants cover every borough and county in New York and provide access to those disproportionately impacted by breast cancer.

The New York State Services Program offers free breast cancer screening for eligible residents who are uninsured. For more information, contact the New York State Cancer Services Program at 1-866-442-CANCER (2262) to find a nearby location or visit the Onondaga County cancer screening website to schedule a screening.

Reese Gaudelli is studying Broadcast and Digital Journalism at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, expected to graduate in May of 2025. As an audio producer, she helps edit and produce audio content for WAER. Reese is also a writer for Citrus TV's entertainment show, "Unpeeled" and enjoys performing with her a capella group, "The Mandarins".
John Smith has been waking up WAER listeners for a long time as our Local Co-Host of Morning Edition with timely news and information, working alongside student Sportscasters from the Newhouse School.