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October 5, 2013

Fly Creek mill, Bassett team up to battle cancer

The apples you’ll find at Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard’s 14th annual “Big Squeeze Weekend” this Saturday and Sunday don’t just taste delicious — they may be able to help cure cancer.

According to a recent study, researchers from Cornell University have found a dozen compounds called “triterpenoids” in apple peels that actually stop cancer cells from growing and even kill them in laboratory cultures. This discovery is especially relevant this October as people across the United States observe National Breast Cancer Awareness month and Bassett Healthcare Network prepares for an exciting development in the fight against breast cancer. 

At the event, which will be held Oct. 5 and 6, Fly Creek Cider Mill will feature more than eight different varieties of cancer-crushing, New York State-grown apples for sampling, and will join in the fight against breast cancer by raising awareness and funds for the Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network’s recent $1.5-million fundraising campaign to update the Women’s Imaging Center at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. 

According to the Cider Mill, all of Saturday’s sales of apple cider will be donated to the campaign to create a refurbished Women’s Imaging Center at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown in time for a fall 2014 opening. 

The radiologists, registered mammography technologists and ultrasonographers at Bassett have more than 9,000 visits each year for mammograms and diagnostic services, but the equipment that is used is becoming outdated. 

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States and the second-leading cause of cancer death in women. However, breast cancer death rates have been steadily decreasing, and there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States today. This is most likely due to early detection of the cancer and new and better options for treatment, which will soon be available at Bassett. 

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