Project Self-Sufficiency and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® North Jersey Affiliate have collaborated for manyyears 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.
Free mammograms and pap tests are available through the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection (NJCEED) program administered by the Sussex County Health Department. Follow-up diagnostics, including additional mammography views, breast ultrasounds, and biopsies are also available. Interested participants are encouraged to call 973-579-0750, ext. 1246. In addition, Newton Medical Center will provide a free mammogram for women who qualify through the Newton Medical Center Foundation's "Mammograms Save Lives" program. Those without health insurance are encouraged to contact Newton Medical Center's Education/Outreach office at 973-579-8340 for more information.
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.