Mammogram on wheels returns to White Cloud Sept. 29 to meet high demand for breast cancer screening
Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is bringing the mobile mammogram vehicle back to White Cloud on Friday, September 29, after a record number of women signed up for screenings using the high-tech, highly accurate 3D mammography technology. The vehicle will be at 103 North Charles Street in White Cloud, in the parking lot of Sally’s Restaurant, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A service of Spectrum Health Betty Ford Breast Care Services, the mobile mammogram unit visited White Cloud on July 7 and drew 10 women for screenings that day, largely through word of mouth, outreach by White Cloud community leaders and social media. During a previous visit to Croton Township in May, the unit saw seven women. The unit can typically take around a dozen people during a regular 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. shift.
“When our mobile mammogram vehicle came to White Cloud in July, the response was overwhelming and sent a clear message that women in this community want a convenient way to get screened,” said Maria Frendo, Gerber Memorial’s lead mammography tech. “Gerber Memorial is excited by the positive response we saw in July. We’re also encouraged by the growing awareness among women that getting screened is an important step in fighting back against breast cancer, and that’s why we encourage women to sign up for a screening, either at our hospital or when the mobile unit visits White Cloud on September 29.”
Because the mobile unit can take a limited number of patients, women are asked to make an appointment to reserve a spot, by calling 616.774.7998, option 1. Walk-ins will be accepted if space is available. Women who schedule appointments are asked to bring insurance information.
Free mammograms will be available for uninsured or underinsured women. For women who want to see if they qualify, call 616.486.6050.
Breast cancer will affect one in eight women during her lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. When detected early, breast cancer can be treated and cured. The American Cancer Society recommends women with average risk of breast cancer 40 years and older have a mammogram once a year.