OHIOHEALTH MAMMOGRAM VEHICLE VISITS EASTWAY
Seventeen Homeport residents hopped aboard OhioHealth's mobile mammogram truck on Aug. 9 to be screened for breast cancer. The pink bathed truck's visit to Eastway Village in Whitehall is the the first of several expected to be made to Homeport senior communities by OhioHealth medical professionals.
"It was a great turnout and we were pleased to see so many ladies take advantage of the opportunity to be screened," said Alison Payten, program coordinator of OhioHealth's Office of Health Equity. "Moving forward I am hoping to be able to provide some more education for Homeport residents around breast cancer and the importance of early detection, as well provide more on-site screenings via the mobile unit."
The truck is part of OhioHealth's commitment to bringing health services to communities traditionally underserved. African American women in Central Ohio are dying from breast cancer at a 33 percent higher rate than their white counterparts.
Residents who participated said they were pleased.
"I was in there no more than 20 minutes," said Eastway resident Stephanie Dunnagan. "That is quicker than being with a doctor. They said if it is anything they will call you and let you know. Otherwise they will send something in the mail."