Free cancer screenings available for uninsured

Submitted to the Herald Review

REED CITY — Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals are offering appointments for a free cancer screening on Friday, April 13, to those who do not have health insurance or coverage for screenings.

Advance appointments are required for the service and can be scheduled by calling District Health Department No.10 at (231) 305-8659.

Screenings are offered in spring and fall through the Lake, Mecosta and Osceola Cancer Prevention Coalition, in an effort to spotlight early detection and treatment of cancer in the region. The collation is a partnership of the region’s two Spectrum Health hospitals, District Health Department No.10 and the American Cancer Society.

“These screenings have helped detect the early stages of cancer in many area residents,” said Irene Balowski, director of cancer services at the Spectrum Health Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center. “By detecting cancer early, we can help create a plan of care to help fight this disease.”

Women and men age 18 to 64 who have not had a cancer screening in at least one year are eligible to make an appointment. The reason for the 64 year maximum age is those 65 and older qualify for screening coverage under Medicare, and this event is intended for those without coverage.

Screenings include:

• Skin cancer screening

• Colorectal screening

• Screening mammogram

• Pelvic exam with pap smear

• Prostate screening