Welcome to Breast Cancer Help, Inc.

Located in Bay Shore, Long Island

Welcome to the official website of Breast Cancer Help, Inc., a not-for-profit grassroots organization committed to being a resource for information, advocacy, and support in the fight against cancer on Long Island, New York. While a cure for cancer continues to elude us, much has been accomplished to increase awareness and improve the quality of healthcare that Long Island cancer patients receive. Since our inception in 1994, we have been able to achieve this by gaining support from local elected officials and raising money through fundraising efforts. Please read more about organization’s history here.

Today, Breast Cancer Help, Inc. remains a presence in the community through the Long Island Cancer Help & Wellness Center. We offer on-going support programs for cancer survivors of all types of cancers for their optimal well-being. In April 2013, the Center entered a new partnership with Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center to maintain and enhance the support services offered. Since its inception, Breast Cancer Help, Inc. has taken a multi-pronged approach to combating Long Island breast cancer. The organization has worked to mobilize citizens into breast cancer coalitions leading to breast cancer mapping projects; worked to bring cancer education into our schools; served as advocates to change state and local laws to preserve our environment; and worked to strengthen the rights of breast cancer patients. Breast Cancer Help has also worked to ensure that Long Islanders have access to the best possible medical diagnosis and care through the purchase of radiosurgery equipment and lease of a digital mammography unit at Stony Brook University Hospital.

In March of 2003, Breast Cancer Help opened its Long Island Cancer Help and Wellness Center. The Center represented a partnership between Breast Cancer Help, Inc. and the Village of Lindenhurst, a municipal government with a long history of support of grassroots efforts to find the causes and a cure for breast cancer. The goal of the Long Island Cancer Help and Wellness Center is to provide increased cancer awareness to promote early detection, while providing patients and survivors with needed support.

In 1994, a small group of men and women living on Long Island, New York came together to face the widespread national tragedy of breast cancer. They set out to find the correlation between breast cancer and the environment and to change the way the public thinks about this terrible disease. They refused to accept the chronic under-funding of breast cancer research and the silence and indifference surrounding the disease. Breast cancer now claims the lives of 46,000 Americans each year and has become one of the leading killers of women between the ages of 32 and 52.

With vision and perseverance, these community-minded men and women on Long Island formed Breast Cancer Help, Inc., an organization with a focus on action and advocacy to eradicate breast cancer. Its founding President was Lorraine Pace, a nationally known breast cancer survivor. Breast Cancer Help’s founding Co-President was Reverend Thomas Arnao, who is currently a Vice Officialis for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, and had the opportunity to counsel many women faced with the battle against breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Help built a grassroots network of advocates across America and abroad focusing on the goals of:

  • Increasing research into the cause, treatment, and cure of breast cancer.
  • Improving access for all women to high-quality breast cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment.
  • Encouraging other areas in the United States and throughout the world to conduct mapping surveys to help better understand the relationship between our environment and breast cancer.

Since its inception, Breast Cancer Help has taken a multi-pronged approach to combating breast cancer on Long Island. The organization has worked to mobilize citizens into breast cancer coalitions leading to breast cancer mapping projects; it has worked to bring cancer education into our schools; served as advocates to change state and local laws to preserve our environment; and worked to strengthen the rights of breast cancer patients and survivors..

Latest Posts

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The Growing Role of Patient Navigators in Breast Cancer Care

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Addressing Health Disparities in Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

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The Importance of Post-Mastectomy Rehabilitation Exercises

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