She knew her body and knew something was wrong. She begged for a mammogram and was right.
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SOMERVILLE – Somerset County law enforcement will be in the pink this month.
In what has become an annual commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, five police vehicles have been wrapped in pink for the awareness campaign during October.
The vehicles will be used by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office and police departments in Far Hills, Branchburg and Warren.
The cars were unveiled Friday in front of the Historic Courthouse.
“Law enforcement is in a unique position to help increase awareness to this horrible disease,” said Somerset County Prosecutor John Mcdonald. “This campaign is proof positive that our officers are deeply dedicated to the communities they serve.”
The Far Hills Race Meeting, RWJBarnabas Health Steeplechase Cancer Center and Peapack-Gladstone Bank funded the wrapping. The primary beneficiary of the century-old Far Hills Race Meeting, to be held Oct. 15 in Far Hills, has been the Somerville hospital.
“I am so grateful to the Prosecutor’s Office and Somerset County law enforcement for once again wrapping their cars in pink to raise awareness of breast cancer,” said Somerset County Commissioner Director Shanel Robinson. “This annual effort saves lives by encouraging women to get their health screenings and detect early cases of breast cancer.”
McDonald also emphasized that awareness of breast cancer and early detection is key to fighting the disease that is the second most common cancer among women in the United States.
“Breast cancer does not recognize racial, socio-economic or jurisdictional boundaries,” the prosecutor said. “About one in eight women will be affected by breast cancer in their lifetime. Early detection is a key factor in offering more treatment options and increasing survivability.”
The vehicles will be on patrol in their respective jurisdictions for residents to sign and take photographs with during October.
The vehicles are also equipped with a QR scan code on the outside of the vehicle for anyone interested in scheduling a mammogram appointment through RWJBarnabas Health.
In June, the American Cancer Society reported the number of women in the United States who reported having a recent (in the past year) breast cancer or cervical cancer screening dropped by 2.1 million (6%) and 4.5 million (11%), respectively, in 2020 compared to 2018 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For women at average risk of breast cancer, the American Cancer Society recommends that those 40 to 44 years old have the option to begin annual mammography; those 45 to 54 should undergo annual mammography; and those 55 years of age and older may transition to biennial mammography or continue annual mammography. Women should continue mammography as long as overall health is good and life expectancy is 10 or more years.
Mike Deak is a reporter for mycentraljersey.com. To get unlimited access to his articles on Somerset and Hunterdon counties, please subscribe or activate your digital account
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