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Free Mammograms for Eligible Women in December

Free mammograms will be offered to uninsured and underinsured women over the age of 40 at Project Self-Sufficiency on Dec. 5.

On Wednesday, December 5th, a mobile mammography van will be available at Project Self-Sufficiency to offer free mammograms to eligible women.  To receive a free mammogram, women must be uninsured or underinsured and over the age of 40.  Mammograms will be offered by appointment only, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Participants will also receive instructions for performing self-examinations, as well as free educational materials on breast health and breast cancer.  In combination with mammograms, breast self-exams and clinical breast exams are recommended for all women after the age of 20.  Combining these three methods gives women the best chance of detecting breast cancer at its earliest stages.  Funding for the mobile mammography van is provided in part by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure ® North Jersey Affiliate.

“Project Self-Sufficiency is proud to be able to offer free mammograms to women in need,” noted Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency.  “Early detection is the key to preventing breast cancer, and getting a mammogram can often mean the difference between life and death.” 

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.  In fact, while the mortality rate for breast cancer in the state of New Jersey dropped -8.9% from 1997 to 2005, mortality in Sussex County rose +9.5% during the same period. 

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%.

Project Self-Sufficiency is a private non-profit community-based organization dedicated to improving the lives of low-income families residing in northwestern New Jersey.  The agency’s mission is to provide a broad spectrum of holistic, respectful, and comprehensive services enabling low-income single parents, teen parents, two-parent families, and displaced homemakers to improve their lives and the lives of their children by achieving personal and economic self-sufficiency and family stability.  Since 1986, Project Self-Sufficiency has served more than 19,500 families, including more than 30,000 children. 

Project Self-Sufficiency is located at 127 Mill Street in Newton.  Free mammograms will be available between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and are available by appointment only.  To register for a free mammogram, contact Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500.

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