Mobile center to offer free mammograms

MORGANTOWN – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Jackson, Wirt, Pleasants and Wood counties offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women beginning Sunday.

A service of WVU Healthcare and the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, Bonnie’s Bus will be at:

* Vandalia-Con Pink Block Party at the New Farmer’s Market at Point Park in Parkersburg from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For an appointment, call 304-295-3331, ext. 7110.

* River Valley Health and Wellness Center in Ravenswood from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 20. For an appointment, call 304-273-1033.

* Coplin Memorial Clinic in Elizabeth from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 21 and May 22. For an appointment, call 304-275-3301.

* Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department in St. Marys from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 29 and May 30. For an appointment, call 304-684-2461.

The mammograms are billed to private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare if available. Mammograms for women who do not have insurance will be covered by the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program or through special grant funds from the West Virginia affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. No woman over 40 is turned away due to lack of funding. A physician’s order is needed for a mammogram.

Since the startup of the mobile mammography program, Bonnie’s Bus has provided more than 6,300 mammograms for women throughout West Virginia and led to the detection of nine cases of breast cancer. Many of those screened are uninsured or underinsured and qualified for screening through the WVBCCSP.

Bonnie’s Bus works with a statewide partnership of clinicians, public health professionals, women’s groups, and other community leaders working to help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer in West Virginia.

Made possible by a gift from West Virginia natives Jo and Ben Statler to the Cancer Center, Bonnie’s Bus is operated with WVU Hospitals. The bus is named after Jo Statler’s late mother, Bonnie Wells Wilson.

For information on Bonnie’s Bus, see www.wvucancer.org/ bonnie.