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Former Dancing with the Stars Co-Host Samantha Harris Headlines Breast Cancer Awareness Month Event on October 16

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Samantha Harris, breast cancer survivor and former co-host of Dancing with the Stars and Entertainment Tonight, will headline Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s 11th annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month Event on Tuesday, Oct 16 at Bridgewater Manor, 1251 Route 202/206, Bridgewater. The program, entitled “Your Healthiest Healthy: 8 Easy Ways to Take Control, Help Prevent and Fight Cancer, and Live a Longer, Cleaner, Happier Life” will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Breast surgeon Deborah Lue, MD, of RWJ Physician Enterprise’s Steeplechase Breast Specialists and medical director of the Sanofi US Breast Care Program at the Steeplechase Cancer Center, will provide an overview of risk factors for breast cancer, signs and symptoms of the disease, the latest diagnostic equipment such as 3D mammography and available treatments. Cost is $25 and includes dinner. Registration is required by calling 888-MD-RWJUH.

Harris will share her inspirational story of surviving stage 2 breast cancer and will discuss her quest for answers about how we can all improve our overall health, prevent chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease and autoimmune disease and understand their underlying causes.

Harris is an Emmy-award winning TV host, former Broadway actress, health and fitness expert, certified personal trainer, magazine cover girl and author. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 at the age of 40 and shared her cancer journey through a video diary that aired on Entertainment Tonight and the E! network. Dedicated to advancing breast cancer research, Harris was named Survivor of the Year by Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Los Angeles 2017 and led its 2018 Parade of Promise. She also serves as an ambassador for the American Cancer Society. Harris and her husband, Michael, founded the online community Gotta Make Lemonade to help inspire positivity in the face of adversity.

Photos and book signings will be available at the conclusion of the program.

The Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset enables central New Jersey cancer patients to see their doctors, undergo outpatient treatment and participate in promising cancer research studies – all in one place close to home. The three-story, 63,000-square-foot facility houses radiation therapy services, infusion therapy, breast imaging services, a lung cancer screening program, PET/CT imaging services, the hospital’s research team, oncologists’ and surgeons’ offices, nutritional counseling, patient navigator services, a patient resource library, the Sanofi US Wellness Boutique and complementary medicine services, such as yoga, t’ai chi, meditation and massage. As an affiliate of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, The Steeplechase Cancer Center offers patients the unique opportunity to receive care from the research physicians of CINJ in the state-of-the-art environment of RWJUH Somerset.

For more information, visit www.rwjbh.org/somerset.

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset

Located in Somerville, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is a nationally accredited, 355-bed regional hospital providing comprehensive emergency, medical/surgical, behavioral health and rehabilitative services to central New Jersey residents. As a designated teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the hospital maintains a family medicine residency program with 21 residents.

RWJUH Somerset has earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence. As the first hospital in New Jersey to offer primary health care services for the LGBTQIA community, RWJUH Somerset has been honored as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign.

The Steeplechase Cancer at RWJUH Somerset, a clinical research affiliate of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, has been designated as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.