Published on The Daily Femme – Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Contributed by Annamarya
Starting this week, Saint Thomas Health, with support from national non-profit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, launched its “Our Mission in Motion” program, which brings a new mobile mammography bus to Middle Tennessee, where the group of family hospitals in the Saint Thomas Health system are located. The bus’ first stop is scheduled for June 25 in Edgehill, Tennessee at the Easley Community Center, according to the Tennessean.
The “Our Mission in Motion” bus will provide 30-minute mammograms to poor, under-served, uninsured, and under-insured women in 16 Middle Tennessee counties, as well as screenings to working women who are unable to or can’t afford to leave work for an exam (St. Thomas Health is working with organizations to offer on-site exams). According to Director of the Centers for Breast Health with Saint Thomas Medical, Samantha Kirby, over 40 percent of Tennessean women do not receive mammograms, with Middle Tennessee seeing a higher rate of breast cancer in women than the rest of the state. The hope is, then, that the “Our Mission in Motion” bus will bridge that gap, detect breast cancer early, and save lives.
As it should. The only way to help decrease the rate of disease is by offering those most affected a viable, real, and accessible option to detect and cure the disease while it’s in its early stages. What Saint Thomas Health is doing should be a testament to ingenuity and human kindness, and should expand beyond the Tennessee perimeters to help those under-served populations in American cities that are often ignored and pushed aside.