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Posted: Sunday, June 2, 2013 5:00 pm

Women in Rockingham County no longer have an excuse to delay mammogram appointments.

Next week, they’re coming to you.

BelkGives on the Go Mobile Mammography – a mobile screening center – will be located in the Belk parking lot at Pennrose Mall Tuesday, June 4, and Wednesday, June 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. It will be at the Eden Mall Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The appointment is free.

Women 40 and older with no breast concerns and who have not had a mammogram in the last twelve months are eligible by calling 855-655-2662 to schedule an appointment.

The 39-foot-long screening center on wheels will provide free exams performed by licensed, female mammography-certified technologists with Charlotte Radiology. A board-certified radiologist will interpret the mammogram and confidential results will be sent to the patient and her primary physician.

“Having the BelkGives on the Go Mobile Mammography Center travel to the cities where our associates and customers live and work underscores what we’ve being saying for a long time,” said Jessica Graham, Belk’s vice president of communications and community relations. “Awareness and early detection saves lives.”

The National Cancer Institute estimated that there will be 232,340 of new cases of breast cancer in woman and 2,240 for men in the United States this year. Mortalities are projected at 39,620 for females and 410 for males.

Rockingham County’s female breast cancer mortality rate is 25 per 100,000 women, which is higher than the statewide rate of 23.5 as of 2011, according to the Health Profile of North Carolinians, a public health report.

The American Cancer Society advises that early detection is a key component of breast cancer. Minority women are also more likely to die from breast cancer.

While a breast self exam has been advised, studies have not shown that they alone help reduce the number of breast cancer cases or deaths and should not take the place of routine mammograms with a physician. A mammogram allows the doctor to have a closer look for changes in breast tissue that cannot be detected during a self exam.

The National Cancer Institute also recommends women over 40 should get a mammogram every one to two years and that those who have had breast cancer, other breast problems or a family history of breast cancer should start getting mammograms before age 40.

The mobile screening center will visit 113 stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee through January 2014.

“We’re excited to see the mammography center go and take Belk’s fight against breast cancer on the road,” Graham said.

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