CINCINNATI -- As Breast Cancer Awareness Month gets underway, Mercy Health is bringing the mammogram to you with its mobile mammography bus.
The American Cancer Society recommends women have a mammogram every year starting at age 40. It estimates more than 300,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year while another 40,000 will die from the disease.
Mercy Health parked its mobile mammography bus at its Rookwood location in Oakley Tuesday morning to make it easy for women to get checked with a professional in just 15 minutes.
Watch Reporter Ally Kraemer get answers to some frequently asked mammography questions in the video below.
Hazel Ward said she was apprehensive about getting her first mammogram a few years back, but she wanted to since she's lost two family members to breast cancer.
"I was a little nervous at first going to the van just knowing my family history, and I went and it was quite a moving experience," Ward said. "Fifteen minutes out of my life, and I know it will save my life. It will save other women's lives."
The mobile mammography unit does accept insurance plans and recommends checking that Mercy Health - Cincinnati and The Jewish Hospital are in-network providers with your insurance carrier. If you are uninsured or underinsured (have high deductibles), they have financial need-based assistance programs available to help. Call 513-686-3300 for more information.
You can make an appointment by calling 513-686-3300 or 855-PINK123 (855-746-5123). Walk-ins are always welcome! If your business or organization wants to have Mercy Health Mobile Mammography visit your site, please call 513-686-3303.
The whole schedule is below and at the Mercy Health website here:
Bond Hill, Mercy Health Home Office for Mercy Health Physician Kent Robinson, MD’s Day of Wellness
1701 Mercy Health Place, Cincinnati, OH 45237
Oct. 14, 2017, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
3105 Glendale Milford Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241
Oct. 3, 2017, 1:30-4 p.m.
College Hill, College Hill Recreation Center for First Ladies Health Day
5545 Belmont, Cincinnati, OH 45224
Oct. 8, 2017, 1-4 p.m.
College Hill, Good News Church of God in Christ
1063 N. Bend Road, Cincinnati, OH 45224
Oct. 22, 2017, 2-4 p.m.
8421 Winton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231
Oct. 2, 2017, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Mason, Health Fair at Mason Skin Care and Float Center, includes information booth staffed by Mercy Health’s nurse navigator
1066 Reading Road, Mason, OH 45040
Oct. 5, 2017, 7:30-11:30 a.m.
Morrow, The Jewish Hospital - Mercy Health Women’s Center Health Fair at Little Miami High School
3001 E. US Highway 22 and 3 in Morrow, OH 45152
Oct. 7, 2017, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Oakley, Rookwood Commons
Corner of Edwards Road and Edmondson Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209
Oct. 18, 2017, 7-10:30 a.m.
Oakley, Mercy Health - Rookwood Medical Center
4101 Edwards Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209
Oct. 3, 2017, 7-10:30 a.m.
South Fairmount, First Ladies Health Day at Seven Hills Neighborhood House
901 Findlay St., Cincinnati, OH 45214
Oct. 8, 2017, noon-3 p.m.
Trenton, Teresa’s Place for “Cuts for The Cure”
707 W. State, Trenton, OH 45067
Oct. 14, 2017, noon-4 p.m.
West Chester Township, Fitworks
7060 Ridgetop Drive, West Chester, OH 45069
Oct. 2, 2017, 3-5 p.m.
Oct. 11, 2017, 7-11 a.m.
Western Hills, Dillards
6290 Glenway Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45211
Oct. 4, 2017, 2-4 p.m.
Westwood, Mercy Health – Westside Internal Medicine
5525 Marie Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45248
Oct. 23, 2017, 1-4 p.m.