WILLIAMSON – Bonnie’s Bus will be available to provide free mammograms for Mingo County residents Saturday, November 5 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. in downtown Williamson at 250 East 2nd Avenue across from the BB and T building.
Pre-registration is required. To register, call Dana Wright at 304-235-2692 extension 1104.
Bonnie’s Bus has been discussed throughout the month of October at events and meetings where breast cancer awareness has been promoted. The month of October has been designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
At the last Mingo County Commission meeting, commissioners proclaimed October to be National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Bonnie’s Bus was discussed by commissioners at that meeting. Commissioner Greg “Hootie” Smith stated, “For all the ladies that are in the room, Dana Wright, with the WVU Extension Office and the Mingo County Health Department, and the Women’s Club work very hard. We know there are a lot of people that are out of work and don’t have health insurance right now. These groups and organizations have worked together to set up an event where a woman can receive a free mammogram. They are hoping to get at least 27 people and I hope that is a small number. With the people that we have that are probably in need, we can top that 27. A free medical service is not something that you can get very often.”
Bonnie’s Bus is a service provided by the West Virginia University Cancer Institute. The website states that, “Bonnie’s Bus is a mobile mammography unit that travels across West Virginia, offering breast cancer screening in a comfortable, convenient environment. The Bus serves women who have private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, as well as uninsured women who qualify for the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program. Grant funds and donations are available to pay for women without coverage, so that no woman age 40 or over is ever turned away.”
According to the website, “Bonnie’s Bus has provided over 11,000 mammograms and detected at least 48 cases of breast cancer.”
The website explains that the bus is fully equipped and provides visitors with a full patient experience. “In addition to the digital mammography machine, the 40 foot-long bus is equipped with a patient-education area, restroom and waiting area. Women whose mammograms suggest a need for further diagnosis and treatment will be guided to doctors in their home communities or to hospitals and if needed, to state-of-the-art clinical trials for patients who want access to them. The Bus is connected to a network of WV hospitals and clinics that will make it easier for women who live far from hospitals or an academic medical center to gain access to investigational drug trials,” the website explains.
For more information on Bonnie’s Bus visit, http://wvucancer.org/cancer-prevention-control/bonnies-bus/.
(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)