|The Southwest Michigan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is proud to announce the second annual Pink Saturdays program. The program offers free mammograms to uninsured and underinsured women who qualify throughout southwest Michigan on all four Saturdays in October. A few facilities are offering times other then Saturdays. |
The importance of early detection and treatment of breast cancer was one of the prime motivations to develop Pink Saturdays. A related issue was the low percentage of eligible women in Southwest Michigan who receive annual mammograms. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among U.S. women. There is currently no cure for advanced breast cancer.
The program found such high demand for free mammograms and delivered such a positive impact for women in 2007 that this year, the program is more than doubling in size. Last year, nine medical facilities participated in Pink Saturdays. This year, 23 local facilities have volunteered to give free mammograms.
The participating facilities in 2008 include: Advanced Radiology Services, PC - Kalamazoo Division, Allegan General Hospital, Battle Creek Health System, Borgess Medical Center (Kalamazoo), Borgess Westside (Kalamazoo), Borgess Pipp (Plainwell), Borgess Lee Memorial (Dowagiac), Borgess Woodbridge (Portage), Branch Medial Imaging, Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP), Bronson Center for Women (Kalamazoo), Bronson Vicksburg Hospital (Vicksburg), Bronson Lakeview Hospital (Paw Paw),Coldwater Radiology, Community Health Center of Branch County (Coldwater), Community Hospital Watervliet, Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies –Michigan State University, Lakeland Community Hospital Niles, Lakeland Center for Outpatient Services St. Joseph, Oaklawn Hospital (Marshall), Orange Cross Radiology, Premier Radiology (Kalamazoo), Radiology Consultants, South Haven Community, South Shore Women's Health Care (St. Joseph), Sturgis Hospital, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Three Rivers Health Hospital and West Michigan Cancer Center.
To discuss eligibility and schedule a mammogram, call toll-free 1-800-873-0649.
About Susan G. Komen for the Cure Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, we have invested nearly $1 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.