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Member News — Hackensack Meridian Health John Theurer Cancer Center Helps Giants Fans Make a Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer
October 12th, 2018

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the New York Giants, Hackensack Meridian Health and the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center are teaming up to inspire fans to intercept breast cancer through early detection.

During the month of October, the Giants are part of the NFL’s league-wide “Crucial Catch” initiative that encourages fans to intercept cancer through early detection.  On October 11th, during the Giants Thursday Night Football game vs. Philadelphia, Hackensack Meridian Health will highlight these efforts at MetLife Stadium featuring pink Hackensack Meridian Health’s messages to inspire women to get their “GamePlan for Reducing Risk of Breast Cancer,” which can be downloaded at

The GamePlan for Reducing Risk of Breast Cancer provides helpful information on how to reduce the risk of breast cancer, encouraging women to get an annual mammogram and set up an annual physical with one of Hackensack Meridian Health’s award-winning physicians.

“Our Hackensack Meridian Health team is proud to partner with the New York Giants in the fight to end breast cancer,” said Robert C. Garrett, co-CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health. “Together, we are creating awareness and encouraging women not to miss a ‘crucial catch’ by getting appropriately screened.”

“Since 2009 the New York Giants have recognized Breast Cancer Awareness Month by celebrating survivorship and inspiring our fans to “make a crucial catch” and intercept cancer early. Hackensack Meridian Health has been a great partner in helping spread the word and providing our fans with their “GamePlan for Health” and providing the most up-to-date recommendations for screening and early detection techniques,” said Allison Stangeby, vice president of Community and Corporate Relations for the New York Giants.

The Giants and Hackensack Meridian Health John Theurer Cancer Center will also be recognizing survivorship on October 11th, inviting breast cancer survivor, Silvana Florian-Maldonado, and her physician Deena Graham, M.D., board certified medical oncologist and member of the Breast and Gynecological Divisions at John Thuerer Cancer Center,  onto the sidelines before the game to speak with NBC New York about Silvana’s journey, her early detection of the disease, and the care she received at John Theurer Cancer Center. Silvana and Dr. Graham will urge women to make that Crucial Catch and intercept cancer early.

“One in eight women in the U.S. are at risk for developing breast cancer, and early detection is our best defense,” said Dr. Graham. “With early screening, the five-year survival rate is excellent.”

To download a copy of the GamePlan for Reducing Risk of Breast Cancer, go to Or to make an appointment with a Hackensack Meridian Health physician, call 1-888-732-9355.

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