Health & Wellness

Breast Health Program Targets Local Schools

61140c6960743f051228_Breast_Health_Education_Program.jpg
Project Self-Sufficiency Breast Health Educator Haley McCracken meets with local students to discuss the importance of early detection in the fight against breast cancer. Credits: Lisa Pachnos
61140c6960743f051228_Breast_Health_Education_Program.jpg

NEWTON, NJ - Project Self-Sufficiency and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® North Jersey Affiliate have collaborated for 13 years to educate and screen vulnerable teens and women in Sussex County and northern Warren County about the dangers of breast cancer.   In addition to offering free mammograms to hundreds of eligible women each year, the non-profit agency conducts extensive outreach to middle schools, high schools, colleges, social service organizations, and community groups, educating participants about the importance of routine preventative mammograms in detecting breast cancer.  Since the program's inception, breast health education and instruction in breast self-examination has reached more than 70,000 women and girls.

During her presentations at local schools, Project Self-Sufficiency Breast Health Educator Haley McCracken offers statistics about breast cancer, reviews risk factors and discussed the importance of preventive measures such as mammograms, clinical breast exams and self-exams.  She notes the significance of reaching girls during their adolescence.  “It is important for young women to know what is normal for their bodies because as we age, the risk of developing breast cancer increases.  If there is an abnormality down the line, they will know.”  Haley will be visiting a number of local middle schools, high schools and colleges within the next few weeks, including Kittatinny, Newton High School, North Warren Regional, Vernon High School, Sussex County Community College and Warren County Community College.

Laura Pachnos, a student at North Warren Regional High School in Blairstown, recently attended the presentation about breast cancer given by Project Self-Sufficiency.  Laura was shocked to learn that breast cancer can strike men, as well as women.  “It doesn’t matter who you are, or what gender you may be,” noted Laura, “Everyone is susceptible.”

Sign Up for E-News

Breast cancer strikes more than 211,000 women each year, and in 2009, the year that the most recent statistics are available, more than 40,000 women died as a result.  Breast cancer is often a silent disease, with virtually no symptoms, but it is often completely curable if diagnosed in its early stages.  The majority of those diagnosed with breast cancer each year have no family history of the disease, making it all the more important for women to get an annual mammogram.   According to data compiled recently by the Komen for the Cure® North Jersey Affiliate, almost 33% of women over the age of 40 who reside in Sussex County have not had a mammogram in the past year, a percentage which is marginally better than some of the other counties in the agency’s 9-county service area in northern New Jersey.  However, Sussex County has the highest incidence of incurable breast cancer in the state, primarily because the cancer is not being detected at its earliest, most curable, stage.  The average 5-year mortality rate across all ethnic groups in Sussex County is 33.4%, almost 7 percentage points higher than the 9-county average of 26.5%. 

Early detection is essential in the fight against breast cancer; the survival rate for women who detected breast cancer in its earliest stages has reached 98%.  A mammogram is 85% - 90% effective at detecting breast cancer.  Mammograms may detect breast cancer up to two years before they can be felt through clinical or self-examinations.  Recent studies have shown that mammography can reduce the chances of death from breast cancer by 30%.  Early diagnosis is the key to a cure, and urging women to get a mammogram can be the difference between life and death. 

The “Mammograms Save Lives” campaign emphasizes the importance of an annual mammogram in the fight against breast cancer.  The public relations effort is sponsored jointly by Project Self-Sufficiency, Intercar Mercedes Benz, Sussex Honda, the Sussex County Breast Health Task Force, the Sussex Warren Chronic Disease Coalition and the New Jersey Herald.

“Project Self-Sufficiency is proud to partner with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® North Jersey Affiliate in the fight against breast cancer,” noted Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency.  “We are also delighted to be collaborating with Intercar Mercedes Benz, Sussex Honda, the Sussex County Breast Health Task Force, the Sussex Warren Chronic Disease Coalition, and the New Jersey Herald to promote the Mammograms Save Lives campaign throughout the area.   The idea is simple, but the message can change lives.  A mammogram truly can mean the difference between life and death for many women.”

The “Mammograms Saves Lives” campaign runs counter to the guidelines issued by the United States Preventive Services Task Force in November, 2009, which suggested that women ages 50-74 receive a mammogram every 2 years, rather than annually as previously recommended, and recommended against encouraging women to perform monthly self-exams.  These revised guidelines were not supported by physicians, advocacy groups, the American Cancer Society or the general public.  Local breast surgeon Dr. Michelle O’Shea argues, “As a member of the county task force and a breast surgeon, I was shocked when I heard the new guidelines.  As a breast surgeon, I see the benefits of a screening mammogram, which finds cancer before it can be felt.  I also see that approximately one-third of breast cancer occurs in women under the age of 50, and the majority of breast cancer in women under the age of 40 is found during a breast self-exam.  I always emphasize that no woman should fear mammogram findings, because if cancer is detected on mammogram it is found as early as possible and the prognosis is excellent.”

In addition to offering free mammograms to eligible women, Project Self-Sufficiency participates in the annual Tie-a-Ribbon campaign, festooning Sussex County municipalities with thousands of pink ribbons during the month of October to highlight the importance of early detection in the fight against breast cancer.  The agency also sponsors a team in the annual Race for the Cure on behalf of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® North Jersey Affiliate.  The next race will be held in May, 2014.  Project Self-Sufficiency will be offering free mammograms at the agency on Thursday, January 30th, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  For information about the breast health program at Project Self-Sufficiency, to schedule a visit by a breast health educator, or to make a donation in support of the program, call 973-940-3500, or visit www.projectselfsufficiency.org.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Newton

Sparta Police: Traffic Stop Yields Pile of Tickets and Active Warrants for Newton Duo

February 24, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – A Newton woman, pulled over for a broken tail light on her black Kia ended up in custody.  On February 16 around 12:50 p.m. Sparta Police Officer Thomas Herd stopped Meagan Klein, 44, on Route 15, police report.

Herd also found the car’s registration was expired.  The car was not insured and Klein’s license was suspended.  The passenger, ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_2f5911ae032b7193cdd2_girlscout_logo

Tue, February 27, 6:30 PM

Sparta United Methodist Church, Sparta

Girl Scout STEAM Program

Arts & Entertainment Education

Carousel_image_54f5549c693ec0512950_thedrowsychaperone_flyer

Fri, March 2, 7:00 PM

Wallkill Valley Regional High School, Hamburg

The Drowsy Chaperone

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_54f5549c693ec0512950_thedrowsychaperone_flyer

Sat, March 3, 7:00 PM

Wallkill Valley Regional High School, Hamburg

The Drowsy Chaperone

Arts & Entertainment

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 12

On this week’s episode of AtlantiCast, decade of excellence makes headlines, as Atlantic Health’s place on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List leads off the newest episode of AtlantiCast. Also on this week’s show, check out the newest “hybrid” operating room at Morristown Medical Center and find out how Atlantic Health is helping local ...

Sparta Boy Scout Troop 150 Honors New Eagles

February 19, 2018

SPARTA, NJ - On Sunday, January 21, 2018 Scouts, parents and friends of Boy Scout Troop 150, along with members of the Sparta community, gathered at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church to celebrate the eight of the Troop’s newest Eagle Scouts.  Buddy Al-Aydi, Tyler Holden, Andreas Oleinyk, Ben Schultz, Erich Schwarzrock, Quinn Van Es, Zach Van Es and Chris Zachok attained the ...

Height during childhood associated with increased stroke risk in adulthood

Researchers in Denmark studied the health records of more than 300,000 people born between 1930 and 1989 and found that those who were shorter than average height between ages 7 and 13 had a greater risk of stroke as adults. The results of this study were published in the February 15, 2018 issue of the journal Stroke.

Summary: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320922.php

Journal ...

Don't Miss This OPEN HOUSE Saturday for a 3BR Parsippany Trophy Home

Treat yourself to this newly-priced trophy home in majestic Puddingstone Estates in Parsippany, NJ!   See the details here or stop by the OPEN HOUSE on February 24th, 1 to 3 pm. If you can't make it, call Team Nest Builder's Lynn Garafola at 973-222-3777 for a private tour. 

You must experience this beautiful home to believe it!  It's ...

Where Does YOUR School District Rank in Safety?

Family safety remains paramount when it comes to choosing a new home and community in New Jersey, so Team Nest Builder wants to help you know where top local school districts rank.

Niche.com, which specializes in all different types of consumer rankings, provided a list of the safest school districts in the United States and New Jersey. Below find a list of the 200 safest school ...

Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional When Buying or Selling in NJ

Team Nest Builder knows that whether you are buying or selling a New Jersey home it can be quite the adventure, which is why you need an experienced real estate professional to guide you on the path to achieving your ultimate goal. But in this world of instant gratification and internet searches, many sellers think that they can ‘For Sale by Owner’ or ...

Does Marriage or Mortgage Come First?

According to the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, married couples once again dominated the first-time homebuyer statistics in 2017 at 57% of all buyers. Team Nest Builder knows it's no surprise that having two incomes to save for down payments and contribute to monthly housing costs makes buying a home more ...

Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders February 14 2018 Meeting Video

NEWTON, NJ - Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders February 14 2018 Meeting Video 

 

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 12

On this week’s episode of AtlantiCast, decade of excellence makes headlines, as Atlantic Health’s place on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List leads off the newest episode of AtlantiCast. Also on this week’s show, check out the newest “hybrid” operating room at Morristown Medical Center and find out how Atlantic Health is helping local ...

Gottheimer Meets with Constituents at Andover “Cup of Joe with Josh” Town Hall

February 24, 2018

ANDOVER, N.J. – Yesterday, Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) met individually with tables of constituents at his “Cup of Joe with Josh” Town Hall at the Andover Diner. Gottheimer has held these “Cup of Joe with Josh” events regularly across North Jersey to hear directly from the people he serves. Gottheimer and constituents discussed the work he is doing to cut ...

Paterson's Poet Laureate

February 13, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- The City of Paterson has given birth to famous athletes, business leaders, actors, and now, a poet laureate.

Born and raised in Paterson, Talena Lachelle Queen told TAPinto Paterson that she has been writing since she was five-years old, and, as she grew older, realized that when it came to pursuing studies and a career in writing, she “didn’t have a choice.” ...