PORTLAND — A Women’s Health Day scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 30 at the Portland Community Center may be cancelled because of a lack of clients, according to Norma Torres, Think Pink Director for Meigs County.
She said that only ten are scheduled and there must be a minimum of 17 for the OSU Mobile Mammography Unit to travel to Meigs County.
Income eligible and un-insured or under-insured clients and those with Medicaid and/or Medicare and commercial healthcare insurance coverage can be screened that day for breast cancer by appointment. All ladies who are aged 35 or older and who live in Meigs County may be eligible for a yearly Think Pink funded mammogram and a $10 gasoline voucher, Torres said.
Think Pink is a community tailored breast cancer awareness, education and increased access to mammography services program. It has been funded for seven years by Susan G. Komen for the Cure: Columbus Affiliate and is coordinated via the Meigs County Cancer Initiative, Inc.
There also will be a variety of free health screenings provided by Holzer Health System Community Outreach Programs, including blood sugar and total cholesterol finger stick testing, blood pressures and pulse oxymetry which is a test to measure oxygen in the blood stream. and OU Heritage Osteopathic Center GYN exams . A Woman’s Health Nurse Practitioner will perform private clinical breast exams as well as teach self breast exams to all interested participants.
An RN will be at the Ask a Nurse station for Komen breast health education and referral services. Southeast Ohio Home Health services information and free, healthy snacks will be available for all those who attend from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p,m. as well as nutrition information from the OSU Extension Office Educator.
For more information, contact Norma Torres, Think Pink Director at 740-992-5469 or Carolyn Grueser, Administrative Assistant at 740-992-3853.