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Op-Ed: Cancer is a Year-Round Threat

THT NJCEED Nurse Care Manager Shelby Guzman reminds us to keep up with our healthcare even during a pandemic in this OpEd published by NJSpotlight.

“As a nurse case manager for the NJ Cancer Education and Early Detection program (NJCEED), I help patients receive free cancer screenings based on their gender, age and family history.

Recently, I found myself walking down a clinic hallway beside a woman who had come for a breast cancer screening. She told me that screening is a high priority and she never misses her mammogram appointment.

Is she considered high risk? No. Family history? No. Instead, she spoke of her friend, the mother of two young sons, who passed away from an aggressive metastatic breast cancer at an extremely young age.

Her story reminds us that cancer does not stop because there’s a pandemic. Indeed, it is more important than ever to stay on top of your health care…

…Don’t wait for something to feel wrong before seeking care. And if something doesn’t feel right, call immediately to schedule your appointment as soon as possible.

Contact your county NJCEED agency. You may qualify for free screenings. Mercer County residents interested can call 609-888-6189.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but we need to be aware of cancer’s threat year-round — even during a pandemic. Screening saves lives and early detection is the best protection.”  Read OpEd here