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Moments Matter

Every woman can recall moments that matter. Your first job. The moment you realized you were in love. Your first baby. But little moments matter too. Making time for yourself... stealing a moment with a good book, exercising, or setting your health and well-being as a priority and scheduling a mammogram.

This year, it’s estimated there will be 8,500 new cases of breast cancer among women in New Jersey. Early detection is a woman’s best defense against breast cancer and with early detection, the five-year survival rate is almost 100 percent. Women touch so many lives yet, for so many reasons - fear, lack of time and schedule conflicts - women put off getting a mammogram.

Now in its 12th year, Paint the Town Pink, a community-wide initiative presented by Hackensack Meridian Health, connected women to wellness and raise awareness of the importance of annual mammograms and health screenings. Throughout the month of May, businesses in 85 towns spanning from Little Egg Harbor to Westwood participated in improving the health of our community by sharing breast health information and encouraging women to take steps towards a heathier lifestyle to improve their overall state of well-being.

More than 118 businesses in southern Ocean County were involved in Paint the Town Pink this year by displaying flags and bows, offering pink specials or promotions, and reminding women as they shop, dine and go about their daily routines to make important health appointments and focus on wellness.

Take a moment for yourself and make your wellness a priority. Schedule a mammogram at Southern Ocean Medical Center #609-597-6011 today. To learn more, visit or call 955-PINK411.

Donations from the Pink Fund will be used to help underserved women receive mammograms and other health care as part of the Human Dimension course which links medical students of the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University to residents in their communities in a holistic approach to medicine.

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