Legislator Paul Initiates a Discussion to Bring Awareness to Male Breast Cancer

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Rockland County Legislator Aney Paul is sponsoring a discussion at the upcoming meeting of the Legislature’s Multi Services Committee that will focus on male breast cancer.

Male breast cancer is a rare condition, accounting for only about 1 percent of all breast cancers. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2014, about 2,360 new cases of breast cancer in men will be diagnosed and that breast cancer will cause approximately 430 deaths in men (in comparison, almost 40,000 women die of breast cancer each year). Survival for men with breast cancer is similar to that for women with breast cancer when their stage at diagnosis is the same. Breast cancer in men, however, is often diagnosed at a later stage.

Legislator Philip Soskin, the Chairman of the Multi Services Committee and Legislator Paul have invited breast cancer survivor Dr. Arnold Roufa, MD to speak about his experience, the symptoms and signs, and the vital message that early detection saves lives.

The Multi Services Committee meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 6 p.m. in the Legislature’s chambers, 11 New Hempstead Rd., New City, NY. Committee meetings held by the Rockland County Legislature are open to the public. To obtain further information on this or any other committee agenda, please visit www.rocklandgov.com, click on County Legislature and follow link to Committee Agendas. All agendas are subject to change.