April 2019

NJ Urging Screening for Lung, Colorectal Cancers

Anita Kinney, PhD, RN, Director of ScreenNJ and Associate Director of Cancer Health Equity and Engagement at Rutgers Cancer Institute, spoke with NJ101.5 about the importance of promoting routine screenings for lung and colorectal cancers, especially in under-served communities. Read the NJ101.5 article here.


March 2019

Colorectal Diagnoses on the Rise Among Younger People

Screen capture of NJTV video featuring image of inflatable colon with text Malignant polyp

Emily Carey PerezdeAlejo, Administrator of ScreenNJ, recently appeared on NJTV during a colorectal cancer awareness event in New Brunswick.  Carey PerezdeAlejo used an inflatable colon model to explain the inner workings of the organ. Watch the NJTV video and read the associated article here.



April 2019

Expanded Practice and Policy Recommendations made by Collaborative Program to Improve Prevention of Prevalent Cancers

Image of a group of people standing against a white backgorundWith New Jersey ranking in the nation’s top ten for cancer incidence, there is an increased call for enhanced awareness as well as expanded practice and policy when it comes to cancer screening. ScreenNJ, a collaborative program led by Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and funded in part by the New Jersey Department of Health, is already committed to reducing cancer incidence and mortality through an emphasis on screenings for colorectal cancer and lung cancer – two of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the state.

At last year’s ‘Conference for Change’ event, hosted by the New Jersey Primary Care Association and sponsored by ScreenNJ, health care providers, community members and researchers from across the state examined current screening practices and communications; data from this event further highlight the need to increase screening efforts. Efforts will be focused on reducing disparities in access to screening in populations including the uninsured, those in underserved communities, and younger patients, since more individuals are being diagnosed with colorectal cancer at an earlier age in New Jersey. Read more


May 2018 

NJ Residents in 4 Counties Not Getting Cancer Screenings in Time

Dr. Steven Libutti, Director of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Senior Vice President of Oncology Services for RWJBarnabas Health, spoke with 101.5 about the focus of the ScreenNJ to improving screening, prevention and education for cancer across the state.  Read the 101.5 article


New Jersey Health Care Providers, Community Members, and Researchers Come together to Address Disparities and Improve Screening Opportunities for Colorectal and Lung Cancers

Image of three people sitting at a panel table and one person by a lecternHealth experts from around the state attended the Conference for Change: Colorectal and Lung Cancer Screening Innovation, hosted by ScreenNJ, the New Jersey Primary Care Association and Rutgers Cancer institute of New Jersey. The aim of the event was to learn more on how to improve screening rates and make recommendations to ScreenNJ, a statewide cancer screening education and awareness program.

From left: panel moderator Mary O’Dowd, executive director of Health Systems and Population Health Integration for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences; Dr. Antoinette Stroup, director of the New Jersey State Cancer Registry; Dr. Jennifer Tsui, Rutgers Cancer Institute population scientist; and Dr. Michael Steinberg, director of the Rutgers Tobacco Dependence Program. Read more about the conference


March 2018

Our Partner the RWJBarnabas Health Center for Asian Health Sponsors Lunar Festival

The RWJBarnabas Health Center for Asian Health was a sponsor for the first Lunar Festival in New Jersey, with more than 1,600 people in attendance. In honor of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, the team promoted colon cancer screenings for those over 50 as well as had attendees sign up for free FIT kits to do at home. The mayor of Maplewood, Victor DeLuca, stopped by the table to sign up for his own screening.

Image of a doctor holding an informational poster

From left: Victor DeLuca, Mayor of Maplewood; Su Wang, MD, Medical Director, Center for Asian Health; and Richard Davis, CFO, Saint Barnabas Medical Center