Women in America have a one in eight chance of developing breast cancer over their lifetimes, and while family history slightly elevates the risk of cancer, majority of women do not have a significant family history of the disease. Before the age of 40 all women, but especially African-American women, should make it a priority to schedule an annual mammogram. In addition to early detection and peace of mind, breast imaging can reveal other underling health conditions that could have otherwise gone unnoticed.
To combat this risk to women, RWJ Barnabas has spearheaded a variety of projects including a new MRI at the Breast Center at Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center, as well as Comfort 360 which complements the outstanding care provided by The Cancer Program at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center by creating supportive and healing environments in which patients and their loved ones are treated.
While the efforts to “Save 2nd Base” are consistently on-going, every October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month a more conscious undertaking is put forth to bring about awareness of the disease. Walks, 5Ks and even bar-hopping events are excellent resources for education, support and charity so be sure to check your local community listings for upcoming events.