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UAW-Ford to offer free mammograms for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Detroit

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As many know, October is international Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it’s also the time when major organizations campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of breast cancer. The overall goal of many of these organizations is to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis , treatment and cure. With raising awareness, more people can begin to understand the value of screening and early detection. They can also begin to understand the variety of treatment options available to women and men who are diagnosed with various forms of breast cancer.

The United Auto Workers (UAW)-Ford recognizes the severity of the disease and is putting their support behind the annual health campaign. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month , UAW-Ford will host its fourth annual FREE Mammogram Program for uninsured and underinsured women across metro Detroit. Mammogram screenings will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Oct. 17 through Oct. 22 at Northland Radiology, located at 20905 Greenfield Road in Southfield, compliments of UAW-Ford.

This year, participants will also receive a UAW-ford mammogram branded giftset, in commemoration of their health screenings.

“UAW-Ford is committed to serving our members, as well as the community at large, helping to improve overall quality of life and provide opportunities for a healthier lifestyle,” said UAW-Ford Vice President Jimmy Settles.  “We are proud to once again offer free mammograms to women in metro Detroit who may otherwise not be able to receive this potentially life-saving screening.”

An additional day of screenings is being added this year to enable more women ages 40 and older to receive free mammogram screenings. Even though the screenings are free, they must be scheduled in advance. To schedule a confidential screening call 313-392-7398. Results will be mailed and will also include a referral center in the event of cancer detection.

“Northland Radiology is once again pleased to team up with UAW-Ford to help service metro Detroit’s community of underinsured and uninsured women,” said Northland Radiology Mammogram Technician and Radiology Safety Officer Pam Bradford. “An average of 50 percent of uninsured women in metro Detroit have not had a mammogram in the last two years. When detected early, the breast cancer survival rate is 97 percent.”

“We are very proud to help offer this essential program for women who are underserved,” said Ford Motor Company Vice President of Labor Affairs Bill Dirksen. “Everyone needs a helping hand sometimes and we are proud to be strong leaders and partners in the metro Detroit community.”