Top executives from the Northern New Jersey affiliates of Planned Parenthood and Susan G. Komen for the Cure met today at Komen’s headquarters in Summit today to formally reaffirm their commitment to women’s breast health education. Planned Parenthood currently has a grant from the North Jersey Affiliate that funds their Breast Health Community Education Program, an outreach initiative that targets diverse Northern New Jersey populations in Sussex and Warren counties.

The focus of Planned Parenthood’s program is to provide the most current breast health information, including breast cancer prevention strategies and breast care treatment options, in various presentation formats specifically geared to community groups, faith-based, and other organizations. “Together, we are spreading the life-saving message that early detection saves lives,” says Deborah Q. Belfatto, Komen North Jersey’s Founder. “Our partnership with Planned Parenthood reinforces the importance of educating all women about early detection, the importance of being aware of their bodies, and how to be ‘in charge’ of their own breast health.”

The mission of the Komen-funded grant program is to promote early breast cancer screening habits among women in their local communities through increased knowledge of breast health and healthy lifestyles.

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“We look forward to continuing our work and partnership with Komen North Jersey for the Breast Health Community Education Program in Northern New Jersey,’’ said Suzanne R. Dyer, Chair, Board of Directors, PPCGNNJ. “The board, staff and most importantly, the women we educate and empower greatly appreciate the work Komen enables us to do,’’ Dyer said. Planned Parenthood health educators provide breast health education programs and outreach events to women of all ages, with a focus on the uninsured and underinsured.

About Susan G. Komen North Jersey

Since the founding of the Susan G. Komen North Jersey Affiliate 15 years ago, more than $13.5 million in community grants has been awarded to local non-profit organizations in support of life-saving education, screening and treatment services for uninsured and underinsured men and women in the Affiliate’s 9-county service region (Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties). In the past year alone, the Affiliate funded over $1.1 million in grants—grants that helped provide over 5,600 screening mammograms and over 1,600 diagnostic treatments and services for women who couldn’t afford to pay for these services. Of every dollar raised, 75 cents of net goes directly to fund these programs that serve women in North Jersey communities; the other 25 cents goes to fund national research programs that are pursuing new breast cancer screening techniques, treatment options, and hopefully, the ultimate goal—a cure.