HYDE PARK – State Senator Sue Serino announced on Sunday that she has been diagnosed with, and is undergoing treatment for, early stage breast cancer.
Serino underwent a successful lumpectomy on June 2 and is making her condition public in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of maintaining your routine health screenings, even during this uncertain time.
“Our personal stories only propel us forward, and this chapter in mine is not going to slow me down as I continue to work around the clock to assist our neighbors who have been hard-hit by the pandemic,” she said.
Serino said she had been putting off previously scheduled mammograms “never thinking twice about putting my work or family schedule ahead of my health.”
When COVID-19 hit, she was looking for another excuse to reschedule, “but that nagging voice in my head told me to keep it, and thank God I did.” The senator said the early diagnosis “has made all the difference in my course of treatment, and I am grateful to all of my doctors and the team at CareMount Medical who have been tireless partners.”
Serino said she was using her personal story to send a message to any New Yorker who has been putting off a health screening that “now is the time. I urge you to take the time to put your health first and follow through.”
The senator was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ, a form of non-invasive breast cancer. While her lumpectomy was successful, the tumor did begin to spread before it was removed. She will undergo radiation treatments five days per week for the next four weeks beginning tomorrow, July 13.
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