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One thousand cancer survivors attend celebration and awareness event

Around 1,000 cancer survivors made breast cancer survivors and supporters news Wednesday night when the Crest Hollow Country Club on Long Island held an annual celebration and awareness event.

According to Commack Patch, the event was filled with cancer survivors and their guests, caregivers and medical staff from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centers (MSKCC) in Rockville, Commack and Hauppauge. The event has been organized by Memorial Sloan-Kettering since 2003.

Dr. Maureen Killackey, the deputy physician-in-chief and medical director of the Regional Care Network at MSKCC, told the source, "Cancer has long-time effects that we try to minimize." She emphasized the celebration's ability to show the number of lives that are touched by cancer, and the fact that the event gives healthcare personel the chance to interact with patients outside of a medical facility.

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women of all races and ethnicities. More than 40,000 women died from breast cancer in 2007 in the United States. Men can also develop breast cancer, but women are diagnosed with the disease roughly 100 times more frequently.
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