Budget Cuts Threaten Adelphi Breast Cancer Hotline

Maimah Karmo Health Guide
  • An article came to my attention about the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program.  It has been in existence for more than 28 years, providing advice, support and screening to women with breast cancer.  Apparently, due to budget issues, it might be closed down.  What a shame.  I can't believe this is happening.  I have no personal affiliation with this organization... other than the fact that I'm a breast cancer survivor. But even if I were to be purely non-partisan, I would wonder why New York State can't find the $300,000 in its budget that it would take to keep the center afloat. 

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    I am keenly aware of the economy, so even if the budget were to be reduced, one could understand, but I think it is certainly an issue of what's more important to the governor's budget office.

     

    At a time when breast cancer is becoming such a crisis, why would they do this?  I'm not privy to the budget at this point, but I am sure that were it be examined, there would be excessive amounts allotted for meetings, trips and concessions made for less critical items.

     

    Supporting programs such as the Adephi Breast Center's hotline should not be something that can be just eliminated.  I understand that the state has a similar breast cancer hotline program, but their hotline is not staffed by breast cancer survivors. 

     

    When women call, what matters is having someone who knows and has been there.  The center's staff consists of women who were initially calling when they were diagnosed, now they are on the other end of the phone.  The Adelphi Breast Cancer Center Hotline also sends social workers to a nearby medical facility to counsel low-income women who have just been diagnosed, and conducts outreach in low-income communities to encourage women to get breast cancer screening. 

     

    I don't know about you, but I definitely think that the local community in New York needs to get supporters at the governor's office and mobilize all their forces to keep this center up and running.

     

    When I was initially diagnosed, I called a similar local service in Northern Virginia and they were so helpful.  I can't imagine what the women would do without this local landmark. 

     

Published On: January 13, 2009