Free cancer screening appointments now available

Free service offered on April 17 at the Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center

REED CITY — Discovering cancer early is one of the best ways to beat the disease, and screenings for cancer are important for all ages.

Recognizing the growing need for the uninsured and underinsured to have access to cancer screenings, a collaborative partnership was formed 10 years ago to address the needs of this growing population.

Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital, District Health Department No. 10 and The American Cancer Society have teamed up once again for the 10th annual free cancer screening day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, April 17.

Screenings include skin cancer, colorectal, prostate, breast exam/mammogram andpelvic exam with Pap smear. The screenings will be available at the Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center in Reed City.

The one day free screening is targeted to those who:

  • do not have insurance or who have insurance that does not cover screenings,
  • are age 64 or younger, and
  •  have not had a cancer screening in at least one year.

The partnership earned the Michigan Cancer Consortium Spirit of Collaboration honorable mention award in 2007 for its free cancer screening project. The annual award is presented to member organizations that have done outstanding collaborative work to significantly move comprehensive cancer control activities forward in Michigan.

Free screenings are by appointment only. To make an appointment or learn more, call (231) 592-0130 ext. 8659.