Dear Editor:

On behalf of Meridian Health, I would like to extend my deepest thanks to the 35 Monmouth and Ocean County towns for their energy, commitment, and enthusiasm during Meridian Health’s Paint the Town Pink.  When it comes to spreading a meaningful message, nothing matters more than the people behind that message. Throughout the month of May, volunteers, businesses, schools, and other community groups in Monmouth and Ocean counties joined together to encourage women to take a stand against breast cancer by getting their annual mammogram. All women are at risk for breast cancer and although breast cancer cannot be prevented, early detection provides the greatest possibility of successful treatment.

As a breast surgeon and community member, it is rewarding to see so many town leaders support this meaningful initiative. Until breast cancer is 100% preventable, our best weapons are early detection via mammography and early reporting of breast symptoms to a clinician. To all who supported Paint the Town Pink, thank you for your efforts.

Debra Camal, MD, FACS

Medical Director of the Breast Program, Meridian Cancer Care