Free cancer screenings offered to Osceola County residents

REED CITY — Recognizing the growing need for the uninsured and underinsured to have access to cancer screenings, a collaborative partnership was formed nine 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 ninth annual free cancer screening day on Friday, Oct. 10, 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 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. Please call (231) 592-0130 ext. 8659 to make an appointment or for more information.