YORKTOWN, N.Y.-State Sen. Terrence Murphy co-hosted a free thyroid cancer screening for first responders on Thursday, March 1, at the Yorktown Police Department.

Thyroid cancer is the fastest increasing cancer in the United States, and one of the top five cancers affecting women, said Marilyn Martinucci, CEO and founder of HeartScan Services. According to the American Cancer Society, the estimated number of new cases of thyroid cancer in 2018 will reach 53,900, with 2.060 expected to succumb to its effects.

To promote early detection, Murphy (R-Yorktown) hosted the state-funded event with state Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) and HeartScan Services. Murphy said this is the second such screening they have co-hosted. At the first screening, at least six people were urged to see their doctors immediately because they may have thyroid cancer.

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“I am proud to have worked with Sen. Golden to secure a critical grant to fund free thyroid cancer screenings for police, firefighters and volunteers,” Murphy said. “There has been an alarmingly high incidence of thyroid cancer among first responders who were part of the rescue, recovery, and cleanup efforts following the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center. Thyroid cancer is treatable, but early detection is the key.”

The Yorktown Police Department offered up two of its rooms for the screenings, which were capped at 75 people.

“I believe I speak on behalf of all first responders when I say we can’t thank Sen. Murphy, Sen. Golden and the good folks from HeartScan enough for providing this potentially lifesaving screening service,” said Police Chief Robert Noble. “My agency is proud to be associated with such a worthy endeavor and to host the screening.”