Free cancer screenings available for uninsured

Submitted to the Pioneer
REED CITY — Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals will offer free cancer screenings to those who do not have health insurance or coverage for screenings. People 64 or under who have not had a cancer screening in at least one year are eligible.

This annual initiative is made possible by the Lake, Mecosta and Osceola Cancer Prevention Coalition in efforts to spotlight early detection and treatment of cancer in our local communities. The collation is made up of Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals, District Health Department No.10 and the American Cancer Society.

“Over the last year, 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.”

Screenings include:

n Skin cancer screening

n Colorectal screening

n Screening mammogram

n Pelvic exam with pap smear

n Prostate screening

The screenings are available one day only on Friday, April 14, at the Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center. Appointments are required and walk-ins will not be accepted.

To make an appointment or more information call (231) 305-8650.

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