The BelkGives on the Go Mobile Mammography Center will stop at Belk at 1305 E. Broad Ave., Rockingham, on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 19 and 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m..
This 39-foot-long screening center will offer free mammogram screenings. Women, age 40 and older with no breast concerns and who have not had a mammogram in the last 12 months are eligible and should call 855-655-2662 to schedule an appointment.
Stacey McCray, vice president of public relations for Luquire George Andrews, said “Only women who are 40 or over are eligible to be screened through the BelkGives on the Go program. The American Cancer Society recommends yearly mammograms starting at age 40. A younger woman should contact her primary care physician if she’s concerned and needs a referral for a mammogram.”
All screening exams are performed by Charlotte Radiology’s licensed, female mammography-certified technologists. A board-certified radiologist will interpret the mammogram and the results will be sent to the patient and the patient’s primary care physician.
Belk, in partnership with Charlotte Radiology, launched BelkGives on the Go Mobile Mammography.
“Having the BelkGives on the Go Mobile Mammography Center travel to the cities where our associates and customers live and work underscores what we’ve being saying for a long time — awareness and early detection saves lives,” said Jessica Graham, Belk’s vice president of communications and community relations.
The mammography center will bring digital screening and awareness to all Belk markets in 113 stores throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee through January 2014.
“The Belk program is important because early detection saves lives. Early detection gives women more treatment options, including reduced surgery and better cosmetic outcomes, and often reduces the need for harsh chemotherapy,” said Matthew Gromet, Charlotte Radiology physician and section chief of mammography services.
“This safe screening tool has contributed to the improved breast cancer mortality rate in the U.S., which has declined by 30 percent since 1990 when annual screening was introduced,” Gromet said.
For more information on the event, call 855-655-2662 or go to www.belk.com/pink.
— Staff Writer Laura Edington can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.