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Think Pink: Somerset County Hosts Breast Cancer Awareness Event Oct. 25

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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Somerset County Freeholder Patricia L. Walsh will join Zufall Health and the Regional Chronic Disease Coalition of Somerset and Morris Counties in launching the 14th annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 12:30 p.m. in front of the North Plainfield Borough Hall at 263 Somerset St. 

The public is invited to attend and to join in wearing pink clothing or accessories in recognition of people affected by breast cancer.

The pink ribbon is an international symbol of breast cancer awareness.  

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Zufall Health Chief Operating Officer Fran Palm will officiate. North Plainfield Mayor Michael Giordano Jr. will welcome guests Walsh, public health and safety liaison, will present a proclamation recognizing October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and will offer brief remarks.  Dr. Deborah Lue of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset will speak about the importance of early detection and the latest improvements in treatment.  Dr. Lue specializes in breast surgery.

Several members of the RCDC of Somerset and Morris counties will be available to talk with participants and provide literature and valuable resources.  Refreshments will follow the ceremony. 

“The goal of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is to stress the importance of early detection and screenings and to inform the public about the many resources and services available to residents of Somerset County,” Walsh said. 

“On the national level, the number of deaths attributed to breast cancer continues to decrease.  However, in Somerset County, the incidence rate for female breast cancer is higher than on the national level,” she said. 



"We all probably know of someone who has had breast cancer and most likely will know someone in the future. That is why we need to spread the word that early detection saves lives and that resources are available despite insurance status or ability to pay. No family should suffer the loss of a loved one because they waited too long to be screened.”

 Zufall Health will have its Highlands Health Medical Mobile Unit on-site from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to provide county residents with well-woman exams, including clinical breast exams and referrals for mammograms as needed. 

Individuals wishing to receive medical services on the Highlands Health Van must pre-register by calling Sandra Avellan at Zufall Health at (908) 526-2335, ext. 163.

Zufall Health, a community-based nonprofit, is the medical and dental home for the underserved with sites in north, west and central New Jersey.  For 27 years, Zufall has welcomed patients of all ages, from newborns to seniors, regardless of income or insurance status, and offers a broad range of primary care and support services, delivered in a comfortable, healing environment. For more information, visit www.zufallhealth.org. 

The 2017 breast cancer awareness event is sponsored by Zufall Health, the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program, the Somerset County Board of Freeholders, and the RCDC of Somerset and Morris Counties and its partners.

 
The RCDC and NJCEED programs are made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Department of Health, Office of Cancer Control and Prevention to the Somerset County Department of Health and Zufall Health, respectively.


For more information and a listing of programs throughout the counties, to join the Coalition or learn more about available educational and screening resources, contact RCDC Public Health Coordinator Lucille Y-Talbot at (908) 203-6077 or ytalbot@co.somerset.nj.us.

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