Free Cancer Screenings: Early Detection Is Key

Detecting cancer early is key to ensuring the best outcome.

That’s why the Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals is teaming up with District Health Department No. 10 TO offering free cancer screenings tomorrow.

A nurse practitioner will perform the screenings.

They’ll test for skin, breast, cervical, and prostate cancer, as well as a pre-screening for lung cancer.

You could choose to be tested for as many as you’d like.>

This is an event that’s been around for 15 years.

“Early detection is so important with cancer because the earlier the detection, the easier it is typically to treat and the more treatments options you have available to you for you to have the best possible outcome,” said oncology social worker, Stephanie Merklinger.

“It’s not painful, it’s not uncomfortable, it’s a short, quick thing to do and it can save your life and give you quality of life for you and your family,” said health educator, Karen Ripke.

The free screening is available to adults 18 to 64 years old who are under insured or without insurance.

It happens twice per year.

The next one is in October.

If something is detected — you’ll be referred to your primary physician.

To sign up, call District Health Department No. 10 at 231-305-8659.

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