Decoding the Secrets of Breast Health for Every Woman

Decoding the Secrets of Breast Health for Every Woman

Susan G. Komen North Jersey to present a free  Breast Health Educational Program at Project Self-Sufficiency

September 28, 2015 – Newton, NJ – “Decoding” the secrets of breast health can be a daunting challenge for women today, with new developments and information coming in constantly, from all directions, often at rocket speed. For some, the subject of breast cancer may be an “I want to know, but I’m afraid to ask” kind of topic. But there are many others for whom fear, language, economic or cultural barriers may prevent critical breast health information—call it awareness—from getting through. That’s why Susan G. Komen North Jersey is presenting a series of free Breast Health Education Programs intended to break through the barriers and connect with those populations that are often the hardest to reach.

The upcoming event on Saturday, October 17th, fittingly entitled “Breast Cancer: Everything You Wanted to Know, But Were Afraid to Ask,” will be held at Project Self-Sufficiency’s Community Education Center, Newton, NJ from 10:00am to 1:00pm. The program will consist of three sessions: Prevention, Early Detection, and a panel discussion of Treatment Options led by a panel of local breast health experts including Dr. Michelle O’ Shea, FACS Breast Surgeon; Dr. May Abdo-Matkiwsky, Medical Oncologist; Dr. Kathy Lo, Radiation Oncologist and Kelly Zukswert, RN, a Nurse Navigator.

Every four years, Komen North Jersey conducts an in-depth Community Profile to investigate the health needs that exist in its 9-county service area. This comprehensive process includes working with local medical experts and community leaders to study community needs assessments; the results are used to determine, specifically, how resources are invested in order to make the greatest impact in those communities with the greatest need.  The Breast Health Educational Programs are funded by a grant received by Komen North Jersey from Walgreen’s; there are five such programs scheduled in various New Jersey locations.

“We are looking to educate women about the importance of yearly screening, their risk factors, and the truths and myths about breast cancer,” says Tina Jacobs, the Affiliate’s Director of Community Health. “We want to empower them to take charge of their own breast health. Our goal is to get them to sign up for screenings right now, real-time, while they are here with us at the program.”

The event, which will also feature “healthy lifestyle” vendors (and more), is free and open to the public. RSVPs are required by October 9th to Project Self-Sufficiency, 973-930-3500.

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Kathi Edelson Wolder, Public Relations Chair

Susan G. Komen North Jersey Affiliate

c/o Edelson Communications, LLC


Tel: 908-889-4800  Cell: 908-723-0606