St. Joseph Mercy Oakland's (SJMO) mission calls for the hospital "to improve the health of our communities..." One way SJMO demonstrates its strong commitment to our mission is through offering several free cancer screening programs throughout the year to detect breast, colorectal and prostate cancer.
Free Breast Cancer Clinics
SJMO offers quarterly free breast cancer screening clinics for women who meet the following qualifications:
- Age 40 and over or younger with a palpable mass (one that can be felt)
- Resident of Oakland County
- Have no health insurance
- Need a screening mammogram
Screenings are held in the Alice Gustafson Center on the SJMO campus. The remaining free screenings for 2012 will be held:
- Saturday, July 14, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Those participating in a screening receive a free screening mammogram, a breast examination by a breast surgeon and educational material.
Pre-registration is required and the number of appointments for each screening is limited. Registration is accepted starting six to eight weeks before each screening up until the screening or until all appointments are filled. The registration telephone number is 800-372-6094.
Our free breast clinic screenings are made possible, in part, by donations from the Pink Ribbon Trailblazers, a grass roots group of men and women who raise funds to help provide mammograms for uninsured and underserved women in Oakland County at SJMO.
We also offer education programs to community groups on breast cancer and breast health issues.
Colorectal Cancer Screening
SJMO typically offers free colorectal cancer screening each March during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
SJMO partners with area churches through its Faith Community Nurse and Community Health programs, along with partners with community physician offices to offer free Fecal Occult test kits that detect blood in the stool, a possible sign of colorectal cancer. The kits are offered to those age 50 and above, or those who have a family history of colorectal cancer. Those who participate in the screening return the test to the SJMO Lab for processing and are notified of their results.
For information on where free test kits will be available during March, call our referral line at 800-372-6094.
Prostate Cancer Screening
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and typically SJMO offers a free prostate screening clinic one Saturday during the month.
The clinic for men age 50 and over includes a PSA blood test and a digital rectal examination by a urologist, along with information on prostate cancer.
To find out when the screening will be held and to sign up, call our referral line at 800-372-6094.