Breast Cancer

There are resources through the Susan G. Komen Foundation website which provides information on Breast Cancer Facts and Statistics, Risk Factors, Screening and Detection, Diagnosis, Treatment, Metastatic Breast Cancer information, Survivoriship Topics, Financial Assistance and Insurance and other Resources and Tools. https://ww5.komen.org/

Additionally, for more local information the Komen North Jersey chapter is very helpful and accessible. https://komennorthjersey.org/

Komen North Jersey provides grant funding to local health care providers and organizations to provide screening, treatment and care to men and women in need. The following two programs are 2018 grant recipients and provide services to people, even if they do not live in that county: 

  •  Overlook Medical Center

    Breast Cancer Continuum of Care for Underserved African-American & Hispanic Women at Overlook-Supports at-risk African American and Hispanic women, by providing women access to screening and diagnostic tests, and providing pre-diagnostic breast cancer navigation.

  • Newark Beth Israel Medical Center                                                                                                                                                                                                Open Ear: Helping Newark Women with Breast Cancer Program-Provides breast cancer patients with psychosocial and practical support and provides educational programs on breast health & breast cancer.

 With regards to breast cancer prevention and self exams, the medical community advocates that women and men need to be more aware of their breast tissue. The signs of breast cancer are not the same for everyone. It is important to know how your breasts normally look and feel. If you have any concerns or notice a change, see a doctor:  The Eight Warning Signs of Breast Cancer https://komennorthjersey.org/about-breast-cancer/eight-warning-signs/

Free Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening (English, Creole)
Screening provided by the State Screening Access of Value to Essex Women and Men (S.A.V.E.) Program, through the University Hospital and Rutgers NJ Medical School.  This mobile van services men and women eligible for free cancer screenings in Essex County.  For more information, contact Zelia DeSouza, S.A.V.E Program Assistant/Community Outreach Coordinator, Stanley S. Bergen Building, 65 Bergen Street, Suite GA 207,Newark, NJ 07103. Phone: 973-972-0310
Fax: 973-972-2290  Email: desouzza@njms.rutgers.edu