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Cuomo to join caravan of bikers at Canalside

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will join a caravan of motorcyclists Friday at Canalside as they complete their statewide journey as part of the 2016 Breast Cancer Motorcycle Ride.

The governor will be joined at 5 p.m. by representatives of Roswell Park Cancer Institute in what organizers describe as a celebration of new state legislation to make it easier and more affordable for women to obtain breast cancer screenings. The legislation coincides with an initiative to increase public awareness of efforts to prevent breast cancer.

Among other provisions, the law prohibits annual deductibles, copayments and co-insurance payments for screening and diagnostic imaging for detection of breast cancer. It also requires 210 hospitals and clinics to offer extended hours for screening.

About 15,000 women in New York state are diagnosed each year with breast cancer and more than 2,600 die from the disease, according to the Health Department.