Free cancer screening appointments now available

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

Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital, District Health Department No. 10, Central Michigan District Health Department and the American Cancer Society have teamed up once again for the eighth annual free cancer screening day on Friday, April 11.

The one-day free screening is targeted to those who do not have insurance or whose insurance does not cover screenings, are age 64 or under and has not had a cancer screening in at least one year. Screenings include skin cancer screening, colorectal screening, prostate screening, pelvic exam with Pap smear and screening mammograms.

The partnership earned the Michigan Cancer Consortium Spirit of Collaboration honorable mention award in 2007 for their 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 and can be scheduled by calling (231) 592-0130 ext. 8659. Walk-ins will not be accepted.