The launch of Virtua Health’s 40-foot cancer-screening van will provide South Jersey residents with free mammograms and other cancer screenings with or without insurance through the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Screening Program (NJCEED).
The Women’s Opportunity Center in Delran is one of the locations where the van is making a pit stop on Nov. 15. Virtua launched the service in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October and it has been making multiple stops so women and men can get mammograms and other vital cancer screenings, all in one place.
The van accepts most major insurance plans and provides free services to people without insurance, according to a press release from Virtua Health. A prescription will be provided during the patient’s mammogram appointment, saving an extra trip to the doctor.
“We offer a great experience for patients on this new vehicle,” said Michelle Fisher, the unit’s advanced practice nurse. “It feels like you’re in a regular medical office, including the same state-of-the-art equipment and our caring Virtua staff. I’d encourage anyone who’s due for their annual mammogram to give us a call.
“Early detection saves lives.”
The Mobile Health and Cancer Screening Unit provides 3D mammography, clinical breast exams, gynecological exams, Pap tests, colorectal screening via a take-home stool kit or colonoscopy referrals and PSA tests for men to screen for prostate cancer, a service only for the uninsured.
For those without health insurance upcoming stops include:
Nov. 2: Southern Jersey Family Medical Center, 651 High Street, Burlington
Nov. 15: Women’s Opportunity Center, 8008 Route 130 North, Building A, Suite 216, Delran
Nov. 20: Pemberton Library, 16 Broadway, Browns Mills
For those with health insurance upcoming stops include:
Nov. 1: Virtua Primary Care, 811 Sunset Road, Burlington
Nov. 8: CAMcare, 817 Federal St., Camden
Nov. 16: Southern Jersey Family Medical Center, 651 High St., Burlington City
Eligibility requirements are different for insured and uninsured.
Requirements for the uninsured:
- Females ages 21 to 64 and males from 45 to 64. (Men with breast/chest concerns require different testing not available on the vehicle, and should contact their doctor).
- Income less than 250% of federal poverty level.
- New Jersey residency
Requirements for the insured:
- Females only (men with breast/chest concerns require different testing not available on the vehicle, and should contact their doctor).
- Mammograms for ages 40 and ove,r unless there is a history of breast cancer. Pap tests to detect cervical cancer for those 21 and over
- Most major insurance plans accepted.
Van appointments are required by calling (856) 247-7388. For more information, visit Virtua.org/MobileScreening.