Do you ever wonder where the money donated for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life goes?
Well, one answer is cancer prevention/awareness. (The other is cancer research.)
That money has been invested back into the community where it came from. One example of that was the recent mammography screenings with the mobile mammography unit at Medi-Wise Pharmacy in Newcomerstown.
Owners Jeff and Kevin Neidig and occupational therapist Lori Dallacheisa at Medi-Wise Pharmacy brought the mammovan to Newcomerstown through a program called "Breast Education and Screening Together" or BEST program. Women who received screening mammograms at the mobile unit in Newcomerstown either had no insurance or were under insured, Helen Moncman of the American Cancer Society said.
A total of 24 women, ages 40 to 64, were screened in Newcomerstown, Moncman said, through the mobile unit. In all, each screening takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
"Those individuals in that store (Medi-Wise Pharmacy) are all about serving this community," Moncman said about the Medi-Wise Pharmacy employees.
Dallacheisa is also a certified mastectomy fitter. She offers private consulation for breast forms, and bra selection and fitting.
Moncman also said Medi-Wise Pharmacy will soon be a "Look Good, Feel Better" program provider as well as a "Reach to Recovery" program provider.
"They're willing to do whatever they can," Moncman said about helping cancer patients and their families.
Medi-Wise Pharmacy is also trying to have a mobile prostate screening unit visit Newcomerstown.
As far as when another mobile mammography unit will be in Newcomerstown, appointments are already being taken for September. To schedule an appointment, call Medi-Wise Pharmacy at 498-6337. Once 15 women are scheduled for a mammogram, the mobile unit will make a visit to the area.
To learn more about cancer prevention and early detection, visit www.cancer.org.