Miss USA and State Health Commissioner Meet to Promote Public Health Partnership

NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 2, 2010) – Miss USA Kirsten Dalton and State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines M.D. met today in New York City at the start of National Cancer Control Month to partner to improve the health of New Yorkers and all Americans.

Miss USA visited Albany last month to support cancer services and highlight the importance of preventive care and cancer screenings.

"I applaud Miss USA and the Miss USA Pageant for their continuing commitment to public health and welcome the opportunity to work together," Commissioner Daines said. "Cancer is the second-leading cause of death among Americans, with more than 559,000 deaths reported each year nationally and 35,000 deaths reported in New York. National Cancer Control Month is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about prevention, early diagnosis and treatment."

More than 38,000 women were screened for breast cancer in 2009 through the State Health Department Cancer Services Program. The Cancer Services Program offers routine screenings for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers to uninsured and underinsured New Yorkers in every county and borough.

In New York State, the five-year survival rate is more than 98 percent for women of all races diagnosed with breast cancer at the earliest stage.

Additional information about cancer prevention is available at the State Health Department web site at www.nyhealth.gov.