Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month With RWJBarnabas Health


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 is helping you take control of your breast health and support breast cancer patients and survivors too. Scroll down for screenings, education, and fundraising events going on this month, and if you’re eligible, don’t forget to make an appointment for your yearly mammogram screening.

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RWJBarnabas Health Breast Cancer Awareness Events

Free Breast Cancer Screening and Education Program
October 5, 26, 27
This program offers screening mammograms for women, high-risk cancer program assessment, breast health education, and giveaways. The New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection (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.
Women’s Imaging Center at Community Medical Center – 368 Lakehurst Road, Suite 102, Toms River, NJ 08755, October 5 and 19 4PM – 7PM
The Jacqueline M. Wilentz Breast Center at Monmouth Medical Center, 300 Second Avenue, Long Branch, NJ 07740, October 26, 4PM – 6:15PM
The Jacqueline M. Wilentz Breast Center at Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus, 600 River Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701, October 27, 1PM – 6PM
(732) 923-6472

Your Guide to Breast Care: Benign and Cancer
October 6, 13, 20 from 6 PM-7 PM
Learn what everyone needs to know about benign breast disease, breast cancer, treatments, and survivorship in the final three weeks of this five-week series. Each session focuses on a particular topic; attendance at all sessions is not required. The topics include Medical Options for Treatment – October 6, Radiation Treatment – October 13, Survivorship – October 20.
RWJ Fitness & Wellness; 3100 Quakerbridge Road., Hamilton, NJ 08619
(609) 584-5900

Breast Health Screening Program
Fridays in October (10/8, 10/15, and 10/22)
Open to women age 40 and older with no history of breast cancer. New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection (NJCEED) funding is available to those who meet financial eligibility. Registration is required.
Frederick B. Cohen, MD, Comprehensive Cancer, and Blood Disorders Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center – 201 Lyons Avenue, Newark, NJ 07112
Contact Loretta Muriel at (973) 926-3705

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Jersey City
October 10, 2021, at 10:00 AM
The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer movement unites all communities, companies, and individuals across the country in the fight to end breast cancer. We envision future generations living without the threat of breast cancer. But with breast cancer research funding at risk like never before, their futures are in our hands. Join the movement and fund the future – yours and theirs.
Liberty State Park, 200 Morris Pesin Dr., Jersey City, NJ 07305

Breast Cancer Awareness, Surgery & Treatment – Online Event
October 12 from 10 AM-11 AM
Firas Eladoumikdachi, MD, FACS, Program Director, Breast Cancer at The Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton and a specialist in breast surgical oncology, talks about the latest advancements in breast cancer treatment and surgery. Bring your questions; a Q & A will follow the talk. A program of Better Health Hamilton, for participants age 65+.
Virtual, RWJ Fitness & Wellness; 3100 Quakerbridge Road., Hamilton, NJ 08619
(609) 584-5900

The Pink Village at Willowbrook Mall (Bloomingdales’ Wing) Breast Cancer Awareness event
October 17 from 12 PM-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 them for a health expo with educational information and health screenings, speak to a member of our expert breast health team, get free flu shots, let your littles loose in the kids’ zone, grab a swag bag (limited to the first 200 attendees), and more. Come and meet Dr. Maria Kowzun, board-certified, fellowship-trained Director of Breast Surgery at Clara Maass Medical Center, at our ‘Ask the Doctor’ table too.
1400 Willowbrook Mall, Wayne, NJ 07470

“Today Show” Nutrition Expert Headlines Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s Virtual Breast Cancer Awareness Month Event
October 19 from 6 PM-8 PM
Joy Bauer, nutrition and healthy lifestyle expert for NBC’s “Today” show and host of NBC’s “Health + Happiness,” will headline Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Somerset’s virtual Breast Cancer Awareness Month event—”Food Remedies to Fight Breast Cancer”. The program will feature a cooking demonstration and nutrition tips with recipes that help decrease your cancer risk, boost energy and help you live longer.  Deborah Lue, MD, a breast surgeon with the RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group and medical director of breast cancer services at RWJUH Somerset’s Steeplechase Cancer Center, will provide more information about breast cancer prevention strategies, including a healthy diet, as well as discuss risk factors for breast cancer, causes, signs and symptoms, diagnostic tools and advanced treatment options. She will also offer an overview of the High-Risk Breast Cancer Program at RWJUH Somerset’s Steeplechase Cancer Center. The free event is presented in collaboration with Friends Health Connection.
Virtual, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset

Faces Of Breast Cancer
Now-October 31
Visit The Mall at Short Hills through October 30, 2021, to see The Faces of Breast Cancer, a striking display in Grand Court and throughout the mall. It showcases the powerful stories of women who received their care at Saint Barnabas Medical Center and their partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey—the state’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. In addition, view the wall of ribbons (located adjacent to the Apple Store) representing the 8,330 women in New Jersey diagnosed with breast cancer every year. Saint Barnabas Medical Center is also partnering with 40 stores throughout the mall to display valuable breast health tips from our doctors.
The Mall at Short Hills, 1200 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills, NJ 07078

Free Breast Cancer Screening Event
November 6, 10 AM-2 PM
There will be free mammography and clinical breast exams for uninsured or underinsured women ages 40 to 74. Appointments are necessary, and certain conditions apply. The program was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Department of Health and administered by Hoboken Family Planning.
RWJUH Rahway, 865 Stone Street, Rahway, NJ
(732) 499-6082

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Melanie Bodner has always had a love for writing, but now she has a new love…being a mom. Before having her kids, Melanie was no stranger to writing or working with children. She wrote for a local newspaper as a reporter and taught English and Dance in a public school. Now Melanie enjoys spending time with her kids, doing yoga, writing and decorating her home. Check out her Instagram @burlapbythebeach.