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A LOOK BACK
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EARLY BREAST CANCER
DETECTION SAVES LIVES
October is Breast Cancer Awareness
Month and the Cancer Services Program
of Queens would like to remind your
readers about getting screened for breast
cancer and share some important information.
About 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed
with breast cancer in her life.
Breast cancer is most oft en found in
women ages 50 and older.
Breast cancer may not cause symptoms,
especially in the early stages. Symptoms
of breast cancer can include a lump in
the breast or armpit, breast swelling or
change of shape, dimples in the skin,
itching and redness of the skin or nipple,
breast or nipple pain, and discharge from
the nipple other than breast milk.
With regular screening, breast cancer is
more likely to be found at an earlier stage
when treatment may be most successful.
Simply stated, early detection can save
lives and regular screening is the key to
Women ages 50 to 74 years who are
not at high risk due to family history
of breast cancer or breast cancer symptoms
should get a mammogram every two
years. Women who are at high risk should
talk to their doctor about their risk factors
and when they should begin screening.
Most insurance plans cover the cost of
a mammogram, but for women who are
uninsured the CSP may be able to help.
Th e Cancer Services Program provides
life-saving mammograms at no-cost to
women age 40 and older who meet other
eligibility requirements. Our program can
also help eligible women receive treatment
if cancer is found.
Although the Cancer Services Program
mission is to help eligible, uninsured
women get free mammograms, we are
here to encourage every woman to get
If any woman needs help, call the
Cancer Services Program of Queens
County at 718-670-1561.
Th at call can save a life!
Jacqueline Xouris, Clinical Director,
Cancer Services Program Queens at
Hurricane Florence hit North and
South Carolina with a great force of wind
and rain and has caused much fl ooding.
Th is epic storm that can also be termed
as one of biblical proportions, considering
all the damages and destruction and
loss of human life.
I work for Northeast Plumbing in
Mineola and one of my co-workers
named Gary is in North Carolina visiting
his brother while on vacation. One of my
co-workers, named Gregory, and I called
and asked how he was doing and he said it
was raining but hanging in there and hoping
for the best.
One of my bosses named Jimmy has a
daughter and her husband are living in
North Carolina. I believe he is a bit worried
but he says they are alright.
I ask all of your readers to keep all those
aff ected by Hurricane Florence in their
prayers in this most diffi cult situation. I
also ask when all is said and done and if
the many that can to donate to the Red
Cross and any other charitable organizations
that will be trying help the many
in need of food, water and human compassion.
Frederick R. Bedell Jr.,
Glen Oaks Village
FLAG OMISSION FROM
‘FIRST MAN’ IRKS READER
Damien Chazelle’s movie “First Man” is
the story of the moon landing. A number
of people who have viewed the fi lm have
noted that there is no moonshot scene
that specifi cally reenacts the iconic footage
of the American fl ag being planted on
the moon. In a movie about World War
II, would it be okay to omit the fl ag raising
scene at Iwo Jima?
It is impossible to discern the fi lmmakers
level of antipathy to American exceptionalism
but their reason for the omission
is worth noting. In a press conference, the
director stated that because the fl ag planting
was a “very famous moment,” he
chose to focus on the “unfamous stuff .”
Ryan Gosling, who plays Neil Armstrong
in the fi lm, stated that the scene doesn’t
appear because First Man chooses to cast
the landing as a “human achievement”
and not an American achievement.
No one explained how including the
iconic scene of Armstrong planting the
American fl ag on the moon would detract
from or diminish the signifi cance of this
“human achievement.” Aren’t Americans
Ed Konecnik, Flushing
Editor’s note: To clarify, the movie “First
Man” is not specifi cally about the Moon
landing. It is based upon the book “First
Man: Th e Life of Neil A. Armstrong,”
James R. Hansen’s biography of the astronaut
who took (as Armstrong famously
said) “one small step for man, one giant
leap for mankind” upon landing on the
Moon on July 20, 1969.
Like the book, the movie is focused primarily
on Armstrong’s life before, during
and aft er the Moon landing.
Moreover, while a row has resulted over
reports about the exclusion of the fl ag
planting from the fi lm, the movie has yet to
be released to the public; it debuts in theaters
nationwide on Oct. 12. We’ll leave
it to those who plan on seeing the fi lm to
draw their own conclusions about it.