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First Mammograms of October Offer a Sweet Incentive

SJRMC_Mobile Mammography UnitThe start of October marks National Breast Cancer Awareness month, bringing the chance to increase our understanding of breast cancer and the importance of early detection. Statistics show that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Saint Joseph Health System (SJHS) and the South Bend Chocolate Company have joined together to make sure women in our community take notice by offering a sweet incentive beginning Monday, October 1. Every woman who gets a mammogram aboard the Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) during the month of October will receive a special bag of Crunch for Cancer caramel corn.

The MMU will make stops around the communities throughout the month, making it convenient and easy for women to get their breast cancer screening. In Plymouth, the MMU will be at the Senior Expo at Plymouth High School on Oct. 18, and Saint Joseph Health Center on Oct. 24.

The MMUhouses 3-D mammography, or breast tomosynthesis. Also available at the SJHS Paqui and Brian Kelly Breast Center locations in Plymouth and Mishawaka, this technologysignificantly increases the sensitivity of mammography screening. A 3-D mammogram is a series of detailed breast images that allow the radiologist to better evaluate breasts, layer by layer, similar to a CT scan.

Women must be at least 40 years old and have a health care provider who can receive the results of their mammography scans. Appointments can be made between 10 am – 2 pm, but walk-ups are also encouraged.

The MMU uses the same financial guidelines as SJHS. Medicaid, Medicare and most insurance plans are accepted. In addition, patients who need financial assistance have the opportunity to access state and federally funded insurance plans or other related programs.

To schedule an appointment, please call 574-335-4500.