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Grant Supports Mammography Initiative

June 6, 2011
The Central and South Jersey Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has awarded an $18,400 grant to Somerset Medical Center to promote annual mammograms among older women. 

The grant from Komen for the Cure will support the new Make Time for Mammography program at Somerset Medical Center’s Steeplechase Cancer Center. The initiative aims to increase the number of local women age 65 and older who are screened for breast cancer. The program will involve outreach and community health events designed to motivate women to make breast health their number one priority. 

“Mammograms save lives,” says Diane Siglin, associate director of the Sanofi-aventis U.S. Breast Care Program at The Steeplechase Cancer Center. “If detected early through screening mammograms, breast cancer is highly curable. By educating older women about the importance of mammograms and conducting targeted follow-up, we hope they will change the way they prioritize mammography, so that more lives can be saved.”

“At the Komen Central and South Jersey Affiliate, we conducted a needs assessment of our service area,” said Komen Affiliate Executive Director Nancy Healey. “This grant supports our strategic objective to ensure that medically underserved women have access to life-saving mammography screening.” 

The American Cancer Society recommends that all women ages 40 and older receive a screening mammogram each year for the early detection of breast cancer. Women with a family history of the disease should talk to their doctors about getting screened at an earlier age.

The Steeplechase Cancer Center is nationally recognized as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons. Its Sanofi-aventis U.S. Breast Care Program is one of an elite group of breast care centers to achieve full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. It has also been named a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. In addition to offering state-of-the-art digital mammography services, breast services include breast biopsies, ultrasounds, breast surgery, patient navigator services, genetic counseling and support groups. A team of specialists, including oncologists, surgeons, radiation therapists, radiologists and other health care professionals, meets regularly to review newly diagnosed breast cancer cases to ensure patients receive the best treatment. For more information about breast care services at The Steeplechase Cancer Center, visit schedule an appointment for a mammogram, please call 908-704-3740. 

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and the Komen Central and South Jersey Affiliate
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever, and in 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The Central and South Jersey Affiliate is part of the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer. Through events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the Central and South Jersey Affiliate has invested $20 million in community breast cancer programs in its 13-county service area. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Affiliate stays in central and southern New Jersey. The remaining 25 percent funds national breast cancer research. For more information, call 609-896-1201 or visit