Hospital Announces Screening For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

NEWARK—During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and beyond, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) is using a new Digital Mammography Unit to promote and further breast health in Essex County and the greater Newark Community.

On Saturday, Oct. 29, the Annual Breast Cancer Screening will be held at the Frederick B. Cohen, MD Comprehensive Cancer & Blood Disorders Center, Newark, from 8 a.m. – noon. Attendees will receive instructions on breast health and Breast Self Examination, clinical breast examinations from a physician and appointments for free mammograms.

NBIMC received a $257,000 grant from The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey for the purchase of a Digital Mammography Unit to complete an updated Mammography Suite. This is NBIMC’s second Digital Mammography Unit, making the center now 100 percent digital. The availability of state-of-the-art digital mammography services to the greater Newark community positively impacts the yearly screening rates for women over 40 and reduces the high rate of late-stage breast cancer.

“Thanks to The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center can provide the latest, and best mammography diagnostic test in this geographic area to more people seeking a mammogram,” said John A. Brennan, MD. M.PH. Executive Director, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. “We appreciate HFNJ’s generosity and look forward to providing the highest quality of diagnostic service.”

“The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey has partnered with Newark Beth Israel, through this grant, to help us fulfill our mission of providing the most advanced health care available,” says John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, Executive Director of NBIMC and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey. “We are grateful for their generous support.”

The new Digital Unit lowers radiation dose, improves patient comfort with less compression of the breast required for image quality, provides higher contrast images to minimize false positives and reduce the need for surgical biopsies, and significantly increases patient capacity.

“The Digital Mammography Unit is needed for the greater Newark community, where breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and late stage diagnosis is common,” says Steven Parmett, MD, Chairman of Radiology at NBIMC.

The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey is an independent, endowed grant-making organization dedicated to reducing disparities in the delivery of healthcare and improving access to quality healthcare for vulnerable populations in the greater Newark, NJ area and the Jewish community of MetroWest NJ.

The Frederick B. Cohen Cancer Center is committed to community outreach and to providing the latest treatment options to those with breast cancer. For more information about the upcoming screening, or to make an appointment, call 1-973-926-3295.

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