LI cancer survivor calls on Cuomo to sign breast bill

A breast cancer survivor from Long Island is one step closer to her goal of getting what she calls life-saving legislation enacted. Joanne Pushkin has

DIX HILLS - A breast cancer survivor from Long Island is one step closer to her goal of getting what she calls life-saving legislation enacted. Joanne Pushkin has pushed hard for a bill that would have doctors notify women who get mammographies if they have a condition known as dense breasts. The condition essentially whites out tissue on an X-ray, making growths and abnormalities harder to spot. Pushkin had the condition and didn't know that she needed to get further screenings. She was later diagnosed with cancer, and has undergone seven surgeries, eight rounds of chemotherapy and 30 rounds of radiation. The breast density bill was passed unanimously by the state Legislature last month. It is now under review by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office. A similar law is in place in Connecticut, and after it was passed, the find rate for cancers doubled, officials say.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

The number of people living in poverty on 1 LIA study: LI poverty on the rise
News 12's Lily Stolzberg visited the Walt Whitman 2 On the Spot: Women's History
United Airlines launched a controversy over the weekend 3 United Airlines faces turbulence over leggings ban
Troy Ramey of Sea Cliff competes on NBC's 4 Long Islander competes on 'The Voice'
The suspects describe themselves as part of the 5 3 men accused of spraying graffiti in 6 communities

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE