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|Posted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 6:36 pm Post subject: FREE MRI BRAIN SCANS 1/12-1/26
From Tue Jan 06, 2009 3:00 am to Mon Jan 12, 2009 2:59 am (included)
|THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
OFFICE OF MINORITY LEADER JAMES S. ODDO
NEW YORK, NY 10007
FOR Immediate Release
Contact: Christopher DeCicco
(718) 980-1017, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Road to Early Detection Campaign to Come to Staten Island
Brain tumor screening truck to provide free MRI screenings to Staten Islanders from January 12 to 26 in the Staten Island Mall parking lot
Staten Islanders are urged to call 877-SCAN NYC (877-722-6692)
to schedule free screenings
Staten Island, NY – The Road to Early Detection, a project of The Brain Tumor Foundation (BTF) will provide free brain tumor screenings for Staten Islanders in their “Bobby Murcer Mobile MRI Unit” on weekdays from January 12 – 26. The Mobile Unit will be parked in the Staten Island Mall parking lot on the Richmond Avenue side. Staten Islanders should call the toll free number 877-SCAN NYC (877-722-6692) to schedule an appointment for a free screening, which will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the 14 days the Unit will be on Staten Island. The scan takes approximately 8 minutes and appointments will be scheduled every thirty minutes. Those coming for a screening should bring their primary care physician’s contact information so that results can be sent to the primary care physician.
“It is a fact that over half of all brain tumor patients could have their tumors successfully removed for good if they were detected early, before physical symptoms become apparent,” explained Michael Schreiber, Chairman of the Road to Early Detection and of The Brain Tumor Foundation. “And the only way to detect a tumor early is through the use of MRI brain scans.”
With the support of New York’s City Council, corporate and private funding, the Mobile MRI Unit marks the start of the first ever national campaign promoting early detection of brain tumors. Councilman Oddo allocated $3,000 to provide free screenings to Staten Islanders. Road to Early Detection focuses on outreach to communities and the Mobile MRI Unit will be set up in places where people work, study, live, and shop in order to make brain screenings, and thereby early detection, accessible and cost free.
Councilman Oddo said, “I believe it is imperative that we all take charge of our own health through healthy eating, exercising, and getting the appropriate disease screenings. The Mobile MRI Unit will be on Staten Island for two weeks providing free screenings for brain tumors, and I urge Staten Islanders to take advantage of this free and convenient service. It only takes a few minutes and it has the potential to save lives through early detection. I would also like to thank the Staten Island Mall for agreeing to partner with us by hosting the Mobile Unit in their parking lot for the two weeks. The Mall is a central location, easily accessible for all Staten Islanders, and their participation in this endeavor is greatly appreciated.”
Councilman Ignizio said, “We all know how important early detection and diagnosis is to treat many different ailments, including brain tumors. We encourage Staten Islanders to take advantage of this free service.”
Dr. Patrick J. Kelly, Founder and President of The Brain Tumor Foundation said, “We have grown accustomed to routinely check for breast, colon, prostate, and other cancers – why not brain tumors? Regrettably, by the time brain tumors become symptomatic, most are incurable. With out best modern treatments, all we can offer is a small gift of time. I am firmly convinced that early detection is the best insurance that treatment will be effective and that more lives will be saved.”
For additional information and sponsorship opportunities please visit the Road to Early Detection website, www.roadtoearlydetection.org.
Nearly 1 million people in the United States are walking around with a brain tumor and they do not even know it – with 25,000 in New York City.
Brain tumors are the number 1 cancer killer of children and young adults under the age of 20 and the number 2 cancer killer of males 20-39.
Adults diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor have an 80% mortality rate in the first year of diagnosis.
By the time people present with symptoms it is generally too late for successful treatment.
Complete removal is the best known method for treating deadly brain tumors.
We have grown accustomed to routinely checking for breast, colon, prostate, and other cancers.
The only way to detect a brain tumor early is through an MRI brain scan.
MRI brain scans are completely safe, painless, non-invasive, emit no radiation, are focused on the brain, and take less than 10 minutes.
MRI brain scans can also detect the early signs of MS and Alzheimer’s Disease.
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Chief of Staff
Office of Council Member James S. Oddo
(718) 980-1051 (Fax)