OCEAN COUNTY – During the month of October, Ocean County officials will be recognizing one of the most common cancers in women worldwide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“Early detection of breast cancer often results in a cure following treatment and that is why it is so important to bring awareness to this disease which affects many in Ocean County and throughout the world,” stated Ocean County Freeholder Director Gerry P. Little, Liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health.
According to Ocean County Health Department Public Health Coordinator Daniel E. Regenye, a staggering 1.38 million new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year.
“As there is insufficient knowledge on the causes of breast cancer, early detection remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control,” said Regenye. “Awareness of early signs and symptoms and publication of available resources for medical screening and mammograms are crucial to aid in the prevention and prompt treatment of breast cancer.”
Little noted that this month of recognition will shed a little more light on such a pervasive disease, explaining that it could help to ensure timely diagnosis and treatment.
The Ocean County Health Department, partnered with the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection (CEED) Program, provides free physical breast and cervical exams, Pap smears, and colorectal cancer screening kits. This ensures that uninsured or at-risk Ocean County residents are able to have access to the care they need. If screening results indicate the need for additional testing or evaluation, a CEED case manager will work with you throughout the process.