Mobile mammography coming to The Lake House

Free breast cancer screenings Oct. 22 and Nov. 27 

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published October 5, 2018

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — “It could save a life.”

The Anthony L. Soave Family Mobile Mammography and Health unit is bringing free mammography screenings to The Lake House, 23500 Pare St., Oct. 22 and Nov. 27. 

“Breast cancer screening mammograms are the surest way to identify breast cancer and save lives,” said Madeline Bialecki, executive director of The Lake House. “Women who have mammograms live longer than women who don’t.”

She said this is the first of 10 times over the next year that the mobile mammography unit will be coming to The Lake House to provide mammograms to all women, whether they are insured, uninsured, underinsured or have limited access to screenings. 

The only requirement for women wishing to take advantage of the screenings is that they are at least 40 years old without a prior breast condition. Pre-registration is required by calling (844) 757-6266.

“It leads to early diagnosis, so even if people have breast cancer ... you have a much better chance of treatment and survival,” Bialecki said. 

Lake House Program Coordinator Christina Lombardo is a three-year breast cancer survivor.

“I found a lump and I knew, immediately, that it was cancer. I just knew that it was,” said the Harrison Township resident. 

She said that offering the no-cost screenings could help other women survive breast cancer as well.

“We would like to get the word out to the entire community to come and take advantage of this because it could save a life.”

Bialecki said the mobile mammography unit can screen 18 women in a day. The Anthony L. Soave family funded the unit because of the high incidence of breast cancer mortality among low-income women. 

“He paid for this mobile mammography so that women, any woman can have access to free mammograms.”

She said that women should be screened once a year once they turn 40, or sooner if they have a blood relative who had breast cancer.

Lombardo said that she encourages every woman to get checked.

“More times than not, it isn’t cancer, and the fact that it might be cancer keeps women away,” she said. “It’s a scary thought, but well worth saving your life for.”

The Lake House is a place for those touched by cancer. A breast cancer support group meets there the second Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m.

Registration for the free mammograms is requested by Oct. 12. Call (844) 757-6266 for more information or to pre-register. After the Oct. 22 event, the mobile unit will return to The Lake House Nov. 27.