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Combatting Cervical Cancer in the Greater Newark Community with a Goal to Reduce and Eventually Eliminate its High Incidence


Free Cervical Cancer (HPV) Screening Event

(Newark, NJ- January 28, 2015) – The good news is that occurrence of cervical cancer has been declining over the past forty years, largely due to women getting regular Pap tests and prescreening activities that can detect cervical pre-cancer before it turns into cancer. The bad news is that cervical cancer is still the second most prevalent gynecological cancer in the United States.

To combat cervical cancer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey is hosting a FREE CERVICAL CANCER (HPV) SCREENING event on Saturday, February 28, 2015, from 9:00am – 1:00pm. Screenings take place at the Women’s Health Center located at 156-166 Lyons Avenue, Newark. Screening participants will receive a PAP smear and a test for Human Papillomavirus (HPV), as indicated by American Cancer Society screening guidelines. Cervical cancer is related to HPV, a sexually transmitted infection.

“Cancer awareness and education are the most important actions we can take as a medical center,” said John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey and Executive Vice President of Barnabas Health, “Our goal is to reduce and eliminate the high incidence of cancer in the greater Newark community.”

With regular screening tests and follow-up, cervical cancer is the easiest gynecologic cancer to prevent. “Of cancers of the reproductive system, cervical cancer usually affects women between the ages of 35 and 55” states Patrick S. Anderson, MD, FACOG Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of Gynecological Oncology at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, “In 2011 over 4,000 women in the United States still died from cervical cancer, more in underserved and minority communities with limited access to medical care.”

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center’s multidisciplinary team of cancer care specialists and patient navigators work to ensure that if cervical cancer screening indicates further testing is needed, the patient along with her referring physician has the appropriate care lined up whether it is a cancer specialist at the Frederick B. Cohen Comprehensive Cancer and Blood Disorders Center or a surgical gynecological oncologist from the Women’s Health Center at NBIMC.

To qualify for this free testing event, the Eligibility Criteria is:

  • Uninsured Women Ages 21 - 65
  • No known history of Cervical Cancer
  • Prior PAP Smear more than 12 months ago
  • Must meet NJ State Income Eligibility

To find out if you qualify for this free cervical cancer (HPV) screening event, if you are uninsured and between the ages of 21 and 65, please call 973-926-2064. Participants will receive a continental breakfast and a small gift.

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional care teaching hospital, provides comprehensive health care to its local communities and well beyond. NBIMC has more than 800 physicians, 3,200 employees and 150 volunteers with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. NBIMC is in the top three hospitals in the nation in the number of heart transplants with better than expected outcomes, has the only lung transplant program in New Jersey, and combined with Saint Barnabas Medical Center, both Barnabas Health affiliates, is third in the nation for kidney transplants, by volume. To learn more, visit us on line at

Children’s Hospital of New Jersey
Children's Hospital of New Jersey, located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and part of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, is the state's premier hospital caring for children, with specialized services to treat ill and injured children from newborn to adolescent years and has the most comprehensive pediatric cardiac care program in the region as well as preventive programs that promote wellness in the community. For a referral to a pediatrician or pediatric specialist, please call 973-926-7280.

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Contact: Patricia Mitrano

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