St. Joseph Mercy Oakland will offer free mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women on eight dates in 2014.
A limited number of openings will be available each date for women who meet the following criteria:
- Reside in Oakland County
- Have no health insurance or are underinsured
- Need a mammogram
- Are age 40 or older or have a palpable mass (one that can be felt)
Saturday clinics will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the following dates for those without a physician’s order:
January 24, 2014
April 12, 2014
July 12, 2014
October 11, 2014
Wednesday clinics will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. the following dates for those WITH a physician’s order:
March 19, 2014
June 4, 2014
September 10, 2014
Nov 12, 2014
Call 800-372-6094 to pre-register for one of the clinics. Pre-registration is required and is accepted on a first call, first served basis starting approximately eight weeks prior to each clinic.
All clinics are held in the Alice Gustafson Center on the hospital campus, 44405 Woodward Ave., Pontiac.
The clinics are supported, in part, by the Pink Ribbon Trailblazers, a grassroots community group that funds mammograms for uninsured and underserved women in Oakland County.
Free Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screening
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) will offer a free community-wide Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screening event Saturday, March 15. The free screening will be offered by the SJMO Cancer program, in cooperation with the Dental Residency program.
The screening is quick and easy. It is noninvasive and painless. Participants should sign up for a 10-minute appointment between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. that day. Appointments may be made by calling 1-800-372-6094. The screening will take place in the Cancer Resource and Support Center within the Alice Gustafson Center on campus. .
Oral, head and neck cancer is the sixth most common form of cancer in the United States and 40,000 cases are diagnosed annually. Most oral cancers arise on the lips, tongue or on the floor of the mouth, but they may also occur inside the cheeks, on the gums or on the roof of the mouth. These also include cancers in the throat, voice box, skin, sinuses, saliva glands and thyroid gland.
There generally are no early signs of these cancers. Signs of these cancers in later stages may include a sore in the mouth that does not heal, constant mouth pain, lumps or patches in the mouth, pain around the teeth, voice changes, sore throat, swallowing pain, earache, voice changes and bleeding. See Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screening flyer