Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Screenings and Events With RWJBarnabas Health This October


As moms, it’s easy to forget to stop and take care of ourselves, especially when we’re taking care of everyone else. But self-care is essential, and since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s a good excuse to put your health first. This month, RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, will host a number of special events and breast cancer screening and education programs across the state. Scroll down for free health screenings, education, and fundraising events this month, and don’t forget to schedule that mammogram too. (featured photo credit: istock/Vasyl Dolmatov)

(Note: It’s always best to check ahead for in-person events)

Ladies Night Out: Painting With Purpose
October 5 from 6 PM–7:30 PM
Join us and our featured presenter, Firas G. Eldaoumikdachi, MD, FACS, a specialist in Breast Surgical Oncology, at RWJUH Hamilton Cancer Center. Dr. “Eladou” believes the patient is at the center of all the different treatment modalities and support services and brings high-quality care as well as clinical trial opportunities from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Concluding the physician’s presentation, all participants will engage in a painting project guided by local artist Yun Li, who loves to inspire art in people. Registration is required.
RWJ Fitness & Wellness Center, 3100 Quakerbridge Road, Hamilton Township, NJ 08619

Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center – 2023 Breast Cancer Display at the Short Hills Mall
October 1-31
Learn about breast cancer and the importance of mammograms as part of the Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center’s display in the Short Hills Mall.
Short Hills Mall, 1200 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills, NJ 07078

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway – Paint Rahway Pink Kick-Off Event
October 6 at 4 PM
Ribbon cutting ceremony to kick off breast cancer awareness month along with a human ribbon photo. Put on your favorite pink attire.
Rahway City Hall, 1 City Hall Plaza, Rahway, NJ 07065

Free Breast Cancer Screening and Education Program
October 10, 16, and 17
This program offers screening mammograms for women, high-risk cancer program assessment, breast health education, and giveaways. NJCEED will pay for mammograms for women without health insurance. Women with health insurance will have their visits submitted through their insurance company. Please have your insurance information available at the time of registration.
To schedule an appointment, call (732) 923-6472.
Women’s Imaging Center at Community Medical Center, 368 Lakehurst Road, Toms River, NJ 08755 – October 10
The Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center at Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus, 600 River Avenue Lakewood, NJ 08701 – October 16
The Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center at Monmouth Medical Center, 300 Second Avenue, Long Branch, NJ 07740 – October 17

Jersey City Medical Center Free Breast Cancer Awareness Workshop
October 11 from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Enjoy lunch while learning about breast health and recommended screenings.
1408 New York Avenue, Union City, NJ 07302
For additional information, call (201) 758-8792

Pink Party
October 12 from 11:30 AM-1 PM
RWJUH Somerset’s Steeplechase Cancer Center will host its annual “It’s a Pink Party” on Thursday, October 12, from 11:30 AM to 1 PM at Steeplechase Cancer Center. Attendees are invited to wear their favorite pink attire and attend a special pink-themed luncheon to promote breast health and the importance of getting an annual mammogram. Participants will learn strategies to reduce the risks for breast cancer, signs and symptoms, causes, diagnostic tools, and treatment options. A light lunch and a bag of goodies will be provided. Attendees will also have the opportunity to schedule a mammogram if needed. Kimberly Cromwell-Piniella, RN, breast cancer patient navigator, and Diane Quigley, RT, director of Sanofi US Breast Center, will lead the program. This program is intended for women who have not yet received their annual mammogram.
Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, 30 Rehill Avenue, Somerville, NJ 08876

Clara Maass Medical Center The Pink Village at Willowbrook Mall (Bloomingdales’ Wing) Breast Cancer Awareness Event
October 15 from 11 AM-4 PM
In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Clara Maass Medical Center presents the Pink Village—a day of empowerment and education. Join us for a health expo with educational information and health screenings, speak to our expert breast health team members, receive free flu shots—limited to the first 50 attendees—receive giveaways, and more. Meet Dr. Maria Kowzun, Board Certified Fellowship Trained, Director of Breast Surgery at Clara Maass Medical Center, at our ‘Ask the Doctor’ table.
Willowbrook Mall in Wayne, NJ 07470

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Breast Health Screening Program
October 20
Open to women age 40 and older with no history of breast cancer. NJCEED funding is available to those who meet financial eligibility—an appointment is required.
Location: Frederick B. Cohen, MD, Comprehensive Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, 201 Lyons Avenue, Newark, NJ 07112
To make an appointment, call (973) 926-3705

Paint Rahway Pink: Walk the Talk
October 22 at 9 AM
Get ready to show your support for breast cancer awareness in a lively gathering of like-minded individuals. Put on your favorite pink attire and get ready to walk alongside survivors, friends, and families affected by breast cancer. Together, we will spread awareness, celebrate life, and honor those who have fought this battle.
Rahway River Park, 1968 Saint Georges Avenue, Rahway, NJ 07065

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital “Harvesting Health and Produce Consumption”
October 24 from 5:30 PM–9 PM
The “Harvesting Health and Produce Consumption” symposium will be held on Tuesday, October 24, from 5:30 PM to 9 PM at the Bridgewater Manor, 1251 US-206, Bridgewater. Pete Napolitano will share tips for selecting and preparing seasonal dishes and relay prevention strategies to reduce your risk factors for breast cancer and other types of cancer. Attendees will enjoy a delicious dinner, healthy recipes, and a copy of Pete’s book. A book signing will follow the dinner. Pete will be joined by Susan Bloom, award-winning writer and co-author, and Deborah Lue, MD, breast surgeon at RWJUH Somerset’s Steeplechase Cancer Center and the RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group. During an educational discussion, Dr. Lue will address breast cancer prevention strategies, the importance of getting an annual mammogram, risk factors and causes of breast cancer, signs to look for, advances in treatment, and the link between breast cancer and chronic diseases.
The cost is $20 and includes a healthy dinner and a copy of Pete’s book.
Bridgewater Manor, 1251 US-206, Bridgewater, NJ 08807

NJCEED Breast Cancer Screening Event – Jersey City Medical Center
October 28 from 9 AM-1 PM
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Jersey City Medical Center is offering a free mammogram clinic (free only for those who are uninsured). Women without insurance will have their screening funded through a partnership with Jersey City Medical Center and New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection (NJCEED) program.
Cost: Free
Women’s Health at Grove Street – 116 Newark Avenue – 3rd Floor, Jersey City, NJ 07302

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