Turning the towns pink all around the area
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.