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AmeriHealth NJ Creates Interactive Breast Cancer Awareness Infographic

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CRANBURY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

There are currently 2.6 million breast cancer survivors in the United States and chances are we all know at least one of them1.

AmeriHealth NJ today released its interactive breast cancer awareness infographic in an effort to educate women on the importance of knowing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer and understanding the importance of scheduling recommended mammograms.

“Our goal is to encourage women to ‘think pink' all year long, not just in October,” said Dr. Lisa Blondin, senior medical director for AmeriHealth NJ. “For a lot of women it's a natural inclination to put others first, but scheduling the recommended screenings is so important because not every woman who has breast cancer will show symptoms of the disease.”

In New Jersey, 77.3 percent of women age 40 and older have reported having had a mammogram in the last two years, which is slightly higher than the national average of 75.4 percent2.

“Early detection has a significant impact on surviving breast cancer,” said Dr. Blondin. “Women should be aware of changes in their breasts, see their primary care physician regularly and get recommended mammograms. Taking these important steps could literally save your life.”

A pink flag with the words “Survive Breast Cancer” flows from the flagpole in front of AmeriHealth NJ's headquarters, which can be clearly seen from the NJ Turnpike just past exit 8A in Cranbury.

“Our hope is that the flag serves as an added reminder to the women of New Jersey to schedule the important appointments and screenings they need,” says Dr. Blondin. “It's also our way of showing support to the many women who courageously battle this disease every single day.”

The interactive breast cancer awareness infographic can be viewed by visiting AmeriHealth NJ's website.

About AmeriHealth NJ

AmeriHealth HMO, Inc. and AmeriHealth Insurance Company of New Jersey (collectively, AmeriHealth New Jersey) provide health insurance coverage to employers and individuals throughout New Jersey. The company has the largest provider network in New Jersey*, and that network includes access to hospitals and doctors across the nation. The company is also committed to offering value-added insurance solutions for customers through its innovative wellness and incentive programs and benefits designs.

The company's managed care plan, AmeriHealth HMO, Inc. is accredited by National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

AmeriHealth New Jersey and its affiliates are a growing group of insurance and health companies whose product portfolios include health insurance, workers' compensation, property and casualty insurance, and management services. AmeriHealth New Jersey headquarters are located in Cranbury, NJ. For more information on AmeriHealth, visit www.amerihealthnj.com.

* Based on analysis done through an independent source.

1 American Cancer Society
2 www.statehealthfacts.org (Kaiser Family Foundation)

AmeriHealth New Jersey
Jill Roman
Public Relations Manager
609-662-2454
Jill.Roman@AmeriHealth.com

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