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Beating Breast Cancer One Step at a Time

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the 19th Annual Shelter Island 5K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, October 20 at 11AM.  All proceeds from the event go directly to patient care  at the North Fork Breast Health Coalition, the Coalition for Women’s Breast Health at Southampton Hospital and Lucia’s Angels.  The scenic 5K course starts on a beautiful tree-lined street replete with fall foliage, and finishes along Crescent Beach. 

Courtesy Eleanor P. Labrozzi

Medals are awarded for the top male and female finishers, and for the first place breast cancer survivor runner and walker.  There are also prizes for the team with the most participants.  A free shuttle bus will run from the North Ferry to registration between 9 and 10:15AM, with a return shuttle from the finish to the North Ferry until 1PM.  An open stretch clinic starts at 10AM.  All participants are welcome to enjoy a post-race BBQ, dogs and strollers welcome.

Facts from

  1. The leading risk factor for breast cancer is simply being a woman. While men do get it as well, women are 100 times more likely to be diagnosed.
  2. A woman has a 1 in 8 chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime according to the National Cancer Institute.
  3. About 8 out of 10 women diagnosed have NO family history of the disease.
  4. Having a first-degree relative (mother, sister or daughter) with breast cancer almost doubles a woman’s risk.
  5. Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women after skin cancer.
  6. Due to new treatments and early detection, the five-year relative survival rate for women with breast cancer is about 90 percent.
  7. Roughly  5 to 10 percent of breast cancers can be traced to specific, inherited gene mutations, such as the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations.
  8. Women with dense breasts on mammograms have a risk of breast cancer that is about 1.5 to 2 times that of women with average breast density.  (if this is your situation ask your doctor to order a breast ultrasound as well.)
  9. Women often detect breast cancers themselves, so don’t underestimate the importance of a monthly breast self-exam.
  10. Exercise reduces breast cancer risk for women of all body types, and is also beneficial to survivors.

Come join the fight to knock out breast cancer one step at a time.

Runners may register online or by mail by printing the application online and mailing to PO Box 599, Shelter Island, NY 11964.

Costs are $35 for adults, $15 for kids 14-and-under for advance registration prior to midnight 10/19/18. Children five-and-under are free. Same day registration is $40 for adults and $20 for kids.


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