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Belk sets free mammograms

The “BelkGives on the Go” Mobile Mammography Center, a 39-foot-long, state-of-the-art screening center on wheels, will stop at Belk stores in Suffolk on Sept 7 to offer free, convenient mammogram screenings.

Women 40 and over with no breast concerns, who have not had a mammogram in the last 12 months and have a primary care physician are eligible.

Appointments can be made for times from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. by calling 855-655-BMMC. The mobile center will be set up in the Suffolk Shopping Center parking lot.

After receiving their mammograms, women also can visit the intimate apparel area in the Belk store to receive complimentary bra fittings.

All screening exams will be performed by Charlotte Radiology’s licensed, female mammography-certified technologists. A board-certified radiologist, specializing in breast imaging, will interpret the mammogram. Confidential results will be sent to the patient and her primary care physician.

Belk launched BelkGives on the Go Mobile Mammography in 2013 in partnership with Charlotte Radiology. This mobile mammography center brings convenient, digital screening and awareness to the areas served by Belk’s 80 stores throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

In its two years on the road, the mobile unit has performed more than 7,400 mammograms that resulted in 30 cancer diagnoses.

Belk officials said in a press release that the company has made a $6-million investment in the program, which makes it the company’s single largest charitable contribution to date.

For more information, visit www.belk.com/pink.