For more than seven years, the McLeod Mobile Mammography Unit has made a significant impact on the lives of women across Northeastern South Carolina, detecting a total of 65 cases of breast cancer in more than eleven counties throughout the region.
On May 29, 2015, Christy Evans became the 15,000th patient to receive a mammogram on the McLeod Mobile Mammography Unit during a visit to Hope Health on Cheves Street.
"I was somewhat anxious to have my first mammogram, but my experience on the unit was comfortable," said Christy, a Nurse Practitioner at Hope Health and resident of Johnsonville. "Now, I feel empowered to follow up with a yearly mammogram.
"The McLeod Mobile Mammography Unit is a wonderful and convenient benefit to the community," added Evans.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in South Carolina regardless of race. It is also the second leading cause of cancer deaths for women in the state and one of the leading cancer sites diagnosed at McLeod Health.
About the Unit
For many women in the region, access to a screening mammogram is being improved by the McLeod Mobile Mammography Unit, which each week travels to businesses, industries, schools, and health fairs. Typical days of service are Monday through Friday.
The unit provides a convenient, comfortable, and private setting in which women can undergo a screening mammogram, a digital X-ray of the breast used to detect breast changes in women who have no signs or symptoms of breast cancer.
Women may schedule a mammogram on the mobile unit by calling McLeod Reservations and Scheduling at (843) 777-2095. Please mention that you are scheduling an appointment on the Mobile Mammography Unit and the date of the visit. For more information on appointment criteria or upcoming visits open to the public, please visit www.McLeodRadiology.org.
To schedule the unit to come to your business, please call (843) 777-5657.
The Mobile Mammography Unit is part of the continued commitment of McLeod Health to the women of the Pee Dee and Coastal regions. The unit is the first of its kind for the northeastern region of South Carolina and was the first digital mobile mammography unit in the state. The unit is accredited by the American College of Radiologists.
The McLeod Mobile Mammography Unit was purchased by the McLeod Health Foundation through funds donated by generous supporters.