Medical Center Announces Events For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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NEWARK—During Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) is highlighting all the programs and services it has available to enhance breast health.

  • On Saturday, Oct. 27, 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. To register, call 1-973-926-3295.
  • The Beth received a grant from The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey (HFNJ) for the purchase of a Digital Mammography Unit to complete an updated Mammography Suite that houses a second unit, making the center 100 percent digital. The 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 reduces the need for surgical biopsies. The E.J. Grassmann Trust gave funds to purchase a mammotome, a state-of-the-art instrument for breast biopsy. It improves the ability to precisely biopsy tissue and decreases patient visits to the surgery clinic. For an appointment, call 1-973-926-7466.
  • NBIMC offers an exercise program, Recovery Fitness, for women recovering from breast and other types of cancers. This program is funded by the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New Jersey and Eisai, Inc. A Cancer Exercise Specialist conducts exercise classes at NBIMC on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 – 12. For more information, call 1-973-926-7155.
  • Join the team from NBIMC who are walking in the American Cancer Society’s 2012 “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk,” on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. in Military Park, Newark. NBIMC is a flagship sponsor. Visit www.cancer.org/stridesonline or call 1-973-926-7654.
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure North Jersey Affiliate funds The Beautiful You Program, which helps uninsured and underinsured Essex County women with breast cancer to procure wigs, bras, breast prostheses and lymphedema garments. Also, a breast cancer social worker is funded by a grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure North Jersey Affiliate and provides psychosocial support services. For information, call 1-973-926-7976.
  • NBIMC is the recipient of a grant from the Avon Foundation which has expanded the Breast Cancer Patient Navigation Program for the medically underserved community. The Nurse Navigator Program addresses barriers to care from diagnosis to treatment and following post-treatment regimens. For more information, call 1-973-926-2673.
  • NBIMC is a recipient of a grant from The Conquer Cancer Foundation which supports a program to screen minority and medically underserved individuals with breast and other cancers in order to increase clinical trial participation. For more information, call 1-973-926-7983.

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