Breast Cancer

Each year in New Jersey, nearly 7,000 women are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and more than 1,300 die from this disease. New Jersey has one of the highest breast cancer rates in the country, with one of every 10 New Jersey women developing breast cancer in her lifetime. The proportion of women aged 40 and over who had a mammogram in the previous two years has been declining since 2002.

As part of the efforts to address this issue and promote use of screenings for early detection of the disease, HRET’s Breast Cancer Awareness Project compiled and published “Early Detection Saves Lives: A Guide to Breast Cancer Screening Services in New Jersey” in statewide and county-specific formats, in English and Spanish. The guide contains a comprehensive directory of all certified mammography sites in New Jersey, including information on free or reduced-cost screenings, accepted insurances, weekend hours, accessibility for women with disabilities and availability of education, support services and transportation assistance. HRET plans to update this guide and provide an online, searchable directory on this Web site.


The New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program provides comprehensive outreach, education and screening services for breast, cervical, colorectal and prostate cancers.

For current information about availability of mammography screenings and follow-up for low-income uninsured or under-insured New Jerseyans, visit the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection site.