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359,800

June 11, 2012

There are at least 359,800 cancer survivors in New Jersey and the state Department of Health and Senior Services says early detection is critical to surviving the disease.

The month of June celebrates Cancer Survivors Month and the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection (NJCEED) program is hosting events this month to encourage those who may be struggling with cancer treatments and to encourage others to get early screening. NJCEED provides funding for cancer screening for low-income uninsured in all 21 counties through 22 programs. Last year, more than 20,000 were given screenings and they turned up 124 cases of breast cancer, 5 colorectal cancers, 18 prostate cancers and eight cervical cancers.

For more information on surviving cancer see The Center for Cancer Survivorship. To learn more about New Jersey and cancer, see Cancer Initiatives in NJ.

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