Mammogram on wheels heads to Holton Oct. 6 as part of Gerber Memorial effort to boost cancer screenings
FREMONT– Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is bringing the mobile mammogram vehicle to Holton on Friday, October 6, to The Pizza Mill, 8485 Holton Road. The vehicle will be parked at the restaurant’s parking lot from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. as part of Gerber Memorial’s commitment to encourage screenings for breast cancer by making access to high-tech 3-D mammography easier for residents in the area.
“Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial wants to make it as convenient as possible for people to get quality health services where they live, and bringing our mobile mammo vehicle to local communities is part of that effort,” said Brian McClain, director of clinical and ambulatory services, and Gerber Memorial’s lead organizer of the mobile mammogram effort. “This past year, our mobile mammo service has received a tremendously positive response in the communities we’ve visited. We want to encourage anyone who should get screened for breast cancer to do so at our mobile mammo unit, and let as many people know about this visit on October 6.”
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 under-insured women. For women who want to see if they qualify, call 616.486.6050.
A service of Spectrum Health Betty Ford Breast Care Services, the mobile mammogram unit has visited White Cloud twice, as well as Croton Township once this year.
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.