Trenton, NJ 08625-0360
July 24, 2002
R. Lacy, M.D.
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Laura Otterbourg or Thomas Slater
TRENTON -"Governor McGreevey has allocated more than $24 million
in new funding for new cancer initiatives focusing on investigation,
education, research, diagnosis, and treatment to benefit the estimated
300,000 New Jersey residents living with cancer as well as the 42,000
New Jerseyans who will be diagnosed with cancer this year,"
Health and Senior Services Commissioner Clifton R. Lacy, M.D. said
$24.25 million includes the following:
million will fund statewide initiatives of the Cancer Institute
of New Jersey (CINJ) and $500,000 will support basic science research
at the Garden State Cancer Center.
will fund a statewide cancer investigation and education program.
The cancer investigation component, which is fully funded, will
include multidisciplinary, expert rapid response teams which will
be deployed to communities suspected of having increased incidence
million will be used by the Department of Health and Senior Services
to expand statewide efforts in cancer education, outreach, surveillance,
prevention and control.
addition, the FY03 budget includes approximately $4.4 million in
funding to continue the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection
program for screening breast, cervical, prostate and colorectal
cancers in minority communities; the activities of the New Jersey
Commission on Cancer Research; the New Jersey State Cancer Registry;
the New Jersey Coalition to Promote Cancer Prevention, Early Detection
and Treatment; and the Breast Cancer Public Awareness Campaign.
McGreevey's agenda positions New Jersey as a leader in the war against
cancer through research, education, surveillance, prevention, and
treatment, which will significantly benefit the people of the State
of New Jersey," said Commissioner Lacy.