Mobile mammography coming to Belk

Published 4:58 pm Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Beginning Tuesday, June 13, the Go Mobile Mammography Center, a 39 foot long, state of the art screening center on wheels will be at Belk in Bainbridge to offer free, convenient mammogram screenings. Women age 40 and over, with no breast concerns, who have not had a mammogram in the last 12 months and have a primary care physician are eligible to participate. To schedule an appointment, call 855-655-2662.

The mobile unit will be at the Bainbridge Mall Tuesday, June 13, and again on Wednesday, June 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Threasa Hall, manager of the local Belk Store, said the unit was here only one day last year, where roughly 42 women were screened. “We had to turn people away.” She added that it is necessary to call the 855 number to schedule the appointment, but for those who do not have access to call long distance, if they come to the Belk store, they will receive help to make the call.

All screenings are performed by Charlotte Radiology’s licensed, female mammography certified technologists. A board-certified radiologist who specializes in breast imaging will interpret the mammogram. Confidential results will be sent to the patient and to her primary care physician.

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Belk, the nation’s largest privately operated department store, launched Belk/Gives on the GoMobile Mammography in 2013 in partnership with Charlotte (N.C.) Radiology. They bring convenient, digital screening and awareness to all Belk markets in 80 stores throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. In the first two years the mobile unit performed more than 7,400 mammograms throughout the Southeast that resulted in 30 cancer diagnoses.

Belk’s $6 million investment in this program marks the retailer’s deep commitment to women’s health issues and breast cancer education and is the company’s single largest charitable contribution to date.