Turn­ing the towns pink all around the area

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - NEWS - L.A. Parker Colum­nist

Sep­a­rate first-time ini­tia­tives in Tren­ton, Prince­ton and Lawrenceville em­ploy vis­ual stim­uli to at­tract at­ten­tion and to of­fer ed­u­ca­tion for Breast Cancer Aware­ness Month.

City Hall of Tren­ton stands doused in pink color while Lawrenceville and Prince­ton dec­o­ra­tions in­clude pink bows as the color that con­nects to aware­ness, preven­tion, di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment of breast cancer dur­ing Oc­to­ber.

“Our ad­min­is­tra­tion be­lieves strongly in putting the peo­ple of Tren­ton first. We want to cre­ate poli­cies, col­lab­o­ra­tions and pro­grams that im­prove the well­ness of our res­i­dents and em­power them with es­sen­tial health-re­lated in­for­ma­tion,” Mayor Jackson said.

James A. Brown­lee, Tren­ton’s health of­fi­cer and Direc­tor of the city’s Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices, women should take ac­tion.

“Breast cancer sur­vival rates are much higher when pa­tients are proac­tive about reg­u­lar mam­mo­grams, ac­cord­ing to data from the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion (CDC),” said Brown­lee.

The CDC rec­om­mends women aged 50 to 54 years should get mam­mo­grams ev­ery year.

Women aged 55 years and older should switch to mam­mo­grams ev­ery 2 years, or have the choice to con­tinue yearly screen­ing.

For women aged 50 to 69 years, screen­ing with mam­mog­ra­phy is sug­gested. Res­i­dents with­out health in­sur­ance can con­tact the Henry J. Austin Health Cen­ter at (609) 278-5900 or the Cap­i­tal Health Pri­mary CareBrunswick Av­enue fa­cil­ity at (609) 815-7400 to sched­ule an ap­point­ment or to see a gen­eral prac­ti­tioner for a checkup and ad­di­tional re­fer­rals.

The YWCA Prince­ton and the YWCA Prince­ton’s Breast Cancer Re­source Cen­ter (BCRC) launched a “Paint­ing the Towns of Prince­ton and Lawrenceville PINK” ef­fort.

Gi­ant pink bows are dis­played in lo­cal busi­nesses, on street posts, light posts, etc. through­out Prince­ton and Lawrenceville through Oc­to­ber in honor of Breast Cancer Aware­ness Month.

“As a com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tion, it has been in­spir­ing to know that our lo­cal mer­chants and busi­nesses sup­port the im­por­tant work we are do­ing at the YWCA Prince­ton’s Breast Cancer Re­source Cen­ter. Those af­fected by breast cancer need to know that we are here to help with any ques­tions or con­cerns and that our pro­grams can com­ple­ment their med­i­cal care and al­low them to be­come a part of an awe­some sup­port net­work of sur­vivors,” said Paula Flory, YWCA BCRC direc­tor.

“The Prince­ton busi­nesses who par­tic­i­pated have shown sol­i­dar­ity with lo­cal women who are fight­ing this dis­ease. We want our com­mu­nity to know that un­til there is a cure there is the sis­ter­hood of the BCRC.”

YWCA Prince­ton CEO Judy Hut­ton ex­plained a two-fold ini­tia­tive “of “elim­i­nat­ing racism and em­pow­er­ing women through the Breast Cancer Re­source Cen­ter and many other pro­grams. Along with the BCRC and our com­mu­nity we are dis­play­ing the pink rib­bons to raise aware­ness of our ser­vices and show sup­port this Oc­to­ber.”

Con­tact “yw­caprince­ton.org” or call (609) 4972100.

(left to right) Breast Cancer Re­search Cen­ter Direc­tor Paula Flory, BCRC Staff Mara Car­rillo and YWCA Prince­ton CEO Judy Hut­ton dis­play bows for Breast Cancer Aware­ness Month.

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