Updated: May. 21, 2024, 8:55 p.m. | Published: May. 21, 2024, 4:52 p.m.

By Jillian Delaney | jdelaney@siadvance.com

Councilman Joseph Borelli (R-South Shore) speaks at the Joan & Alan Bernikow JCC of Staten Island in Seaview on Monday, Dec. 11, 2023. (Staten Island Advance/Jason Paderon)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — In an effort to quicken the rate of thyroid cancer detection, Staten Island Councilman Joe Borelli (R – South Shore) is hosting a screening event on the South Shore.

Administered by HeartScan Services and held at Mount Loretto’s Catholic Charities of Staten Island, this free screening event is this year’s iteration of the service — which “has been a great success” in the past, according to a written statement.

“When it comes to cancer, early detection is the key to a swift and healthy recovery. I am happy to partner with HeartScan Services and thank Catholic Charities for the use of their space each year. Consider reading this article right now a sign to call my office and schedule your appointment today,” Borelli said.

“In many cases, physicians cannot feel a nodule, but ultrasound screening can,” the event flyer added.

According to the American Cancer Society, in 2024, there have been around 40,020 people diagnosed with thyroid cancer in America. It has claimed 2,170 lives thus far this year as well.

The society notes that “The average age when a person is diagnosed with thyroid cancer is 51,” and that it “is about three times more common in women than in men.” The common age of someone diagnosed with this cancer is about 51-years-old.

If you would like to be screened, the event is happening at Catholic Charities of Staten Island on the Mount Loretto property, found at 6450 Hylan Blvd., on Thursday, May 23, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

You must sign up for the screening as well, and can do so by emailing Borelli at borelli@council.nyc.gov or by calling the following number: 718-984-5151.

Please keep in mind that only the first 50 participants will receive a free scanning, as stated on the flyer.