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Free mammogram program returns

January 13, 2017 GMT

Encouraging Crossroads residents to be proactive, Belk of Corinth will offer free, convenient mammogram screenings. Available from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the week of Monday, Feb. 6, the screens will be done via the “BelkGives on the Go Mobile Mammography Center”. The 39-foot-long, state-of-the-art screening center on wheels will cater to women age 40 and over with no breast concerns who have not had a mammogram in the last 12 months and who have a primary care physician. Those who meet the above-mentioned criteria are urged to call 855-655-BMMC (2662) to schedule and appointment. After receiving their mammograms, women can also visit the intimate apparel area to receive complimentary bra fittings. The aim of the program is to: • Educate women about the importance of screening mammography and the early detection of breast cancer • Improve access and convenience for Belk’s customers, therefore improving compliance and encouraging an annual mammography routines • Provide free mammograms to uninsured women who meet mammography eligibility guidelines “This program has provided many ‘no cost’ screenings to women in communities like yours the last several years,” said Mobile Mammography Coordinator Courtney Peacock of Charlotte Radiology. “The service is unlike any other, and asks for nothing in return.” According to Corinth Belk Store Manager, Jennifer Reeves Crippen, all screening exams will be performed by Charlotte Radiology’s licensed, female mammography-certified technologists. “A board-certified radiologist, specializing in breast imaging will interpret the mammogram,” she explained. “All confidential results will be sent to the patient and her primary care physician.” The nation’s largest, privately operated department store, Belk launched the “BelkGives on the Go Mobile Mammography Center in 2013 in partnership with Charlotte Radiology to bring convenient, digital screening and awareness to all Belk markets through January of 2016. The longtime department store chain has 80 locations throughout Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. A $6 million investment, the wellness program highlights the retailer’s deep commitment to women’s health issues and breast cancer education. Showing that “Pink is their Passion”, the investment is the company’s single largest charitable contribution to date. The only retailer of its kind to form a partnership alongside community and health organizations, Belk strives to increase breast cancer awareness through its own operation while extending their complimentary breast cancer screenings. “When it comes to breast cancer, early detection saves lives,” said Crippen. “That’s why we’ve teamed up with Charlotte Radiology to create our mobile mammography center which provides free breast cancer screenings and education to our communities throughout the southeast.” (For more information, about Belk’s mobile mammography center call 855-655-BMMC (2662), visit www.belk.com/pink or give them at “like” at Facebook.com/Belk/Events. To learn more about Charlotte Radiology’s breast imaging experts, visit www.CharlotteRadilology.com.) (For more information about Belk of Corinth call 662-286-2216. The store is located inside the Southgate Shopping Center at 1018 South Cass Street.)

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