Funds raised to benefit area women in need with free 3D mammograms

FLINT — McLaren Flint’s Free Mammogram Program not only promotes breast cancer awareness, but this year will also provide 3D mammogram screenings for 150 uninsured, at-risk, low-income women throughout Genesee County.

Funding is made possible by the partnership between the McLaren Flint Foundation and the Flint Firebirds, and the generous sponsors who support the annual “Pink out the Rink for Mamms” hockey game held each October.

October is nationally recognized as breast cancer awareness month. This year, it is more important than ever to remind women of the importance of getting their annual mammogram. Too many people are foregoing their annual health check-ups and screenings due to the ongoing pandemic. These annual appointments are vital in catching health concerns early. When it comes to cancer, the earlier it is detected, the better the outcomes. If detected early, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 98 percent. Patients can be assured health care providers are offering safe care. McLaren is proud to offer all women the newest technology in 3D breast imaging.

“With this 3D technology, we can see breast tissue much more clearly and detect cancers that are much smaller and at an earlier stage,” said Linda Lawrence, MD, board-certified radiologist and medical director of the McLaren Imaging Center. “Earlier detection of breast cancer means greater survival rates for patients.”

To qualify for the McLaren Flint Free Mammogram Program, women must be:

Uninsured

40 years or older- physician order not required for screening mammogram

Under 40 years of age with high risk factors

Resident of Genesee County with proof of address and a Social Security number

Have a family physician to receive mammogram results. Patients without a primary care physician can establish one at the McLaren Family Medicine Residency center by calling 810-342-5656.

Those who qualify may schedule their 3D mammogram by calling the McLaren Flint Imaging Center at 810-342-4800.

Although circumstances will not make a “Pink Out the Rink for Mamms” fundraiser possible this year, the community can still support the program. Donations can be made by calling the McLaren Flint Foundation at 810-342-4087, or online at mclaren.org/flintfoundation. G.G.