FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 16, 2013
Contact: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Natalie Pineiro, 908-527-4035
Union County CEED Program Kicks-Off
Free Cancer Education and Early Detection Program for Union County Residents
Union County – Union County will continue to promote outreach and cancer education through the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection (NJCEED) program, which provides free, comprehensive screening services for breast, cervical, prostate and colorectal cancer. Services through the program also include education and outreach, along with case management, tracking and follow-up.
“In New Jersey cancer remains the second leading cause of death,” said Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter. “We are grateful for the opportunity to administer this program, and urge the greater community to stay healthy and get screened regularly.”
The NJCEED Program is part of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. Services are available in all 21 counties through several lead partner agencies. The program seeks to increase the awareness of each person’s risk for breast, cervical, prostate and/or colorectal cancer and to encourage them to use screening services for early detection and more effective treatment.
In Union County, the Office of Health Management is just one of the agencies providing education and outreach.
NJCEED agencies offer a wide range of breast, cervical, colorectal and prostate cancer related services including: mammogram screenings, clinical breast examinations, instructions on breast self-examinations, Pap tests, and pelvic examinations. When indicated, further diagnostic tests are performed, such as needle biopsies, breast ultrasounds and colposcopies.
Case management, tracking and follow-up are provided to all women and a major emphasis is placed on re-screening women who are currently being served by the program.
Persons eligible for these services must be at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level and be uninsured or under-insured.
For more information about NJCEED or to see if you are eligible for free screening services visit the NJCEED website at www.state.nj.us/health/cancer or call the Union County Office of Health Management at 908-518-5620.
The NJCEED Program follows the American Cancer Society’s cancer screening guidelines.