The Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure® is happening on Sunday, September 8th and Deb Gordon’s guest was Linda Tantawi, CEO of The Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen®, which was started in 1990 and has grown to become one of the largest funders of breast cancer research. Komen Greater NYC is also one of the largest grassroots networks of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, and ensure quality care for those afflicted, until a cure is found.
Breast cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death among women, and Ms. Tantawi informed the audience that although a primary focus of the Race is to honor survivors and spotlight risk reduction and breast cancer prevention, Komen Greater NYC wants to make sure the community is aware that breast cancer kills women every day, with the death rates upwards of 39,000 in the U.S. Ms. Tantawi stressed the importance of early screening, detection and mammography, which she stated is the best screening tool currently available. Ms. Tantawi’s tips for lowering ones risks of developing breast cancer included making healthy lifestyle choices such as maintaining a healthy weight and reducing alcohol intake. She also strongly suggested that in addition to getting screened, women should be aware of their bodies and breast health, know their risks, be their own self advocate, and develop a great rapport with their medical providers to ensure the best outcome.