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.