Project Self-Sufficiency and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® North Jersey Affiliate have collaborated for 11 years to educate and screen vulnerable Sussex County women for breast cancer.
Sussex County has the lowest percentage of curable diagnosis and the highest percentage of incurable diagnosis for women of all ages. Our goal is to increase the rate of early detection, decrease mortality rates, and partner with the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program (NJCEED) to provide additional follow-up and treatment.
The Breast Health Awareness Program at Project Self-Sufficiency educates teens and women about the importance of routine preventive mammograms in detecting breast cancer. Since the program's inception, breast health education and instruction in breast self-examination has reached 70,000 women and girls in Sussex County.
Breast Cancer Awareness Presentations
Educational presentations are offered at middle schools, high schools, civic organizations, colleges, and agency seminars. Presentations focus on low-income women, college and high school students and the uninsured.
The annual Tie-a-Ribbon Campaign targets municipalities in Sussex, Morris and Warren counties. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month each October, thousands of pink ribbons highlight the importance of early detection in the fight against breast cancer.
A mobile mammography van allows uninsured and underinsured women over the age of 40 to receive a free mammogram at Project Self-Sufficiency. Mammograms are offered 4 times a year; over 100 women receive free mammograms annually through the program.
Mammograms Save Lives Campaign
The Mammograms Save Lives public relations campaign underscores the importance of annual mammograms to area residents.
Sussex County Breast Health Task Force
The Sussex County Breast Health Task Force convenes bi-monthly to discuss and act on the issue of breast health in Sussex County.
Race for the Cure
The agency's participation in the annual Komen Race for the Cure helps to raise essential funds for outreach and research.
Annual Health Fair
The annual Health Fair offers residents free screenings for cancer, vision and hearing; flu shots and other immunizations; workshops; information about tobacco addiction; workshops; children's activities; early intervention screenings; and more.
For information about the breast health program at Project Self-Sufficiency, call 973-940-3500.