Mobile Cancer Screening Unit

One local hospital is partnering with area organizations to help save lives.

Southeast Alabama Medical Center now has a cancer screening van that will go into rural parts of the Wiregrass to offer medical care to those who can't make it to the main hospital.

Alabama has the third highest rate of prostate deaths in the country. Many of those deaths happen to senior citizens who didn't have access to cancer screening technology.

Now, Southeast Alabama Medical Center is working to decrease the number of prostate and breast cancer deaths in Alabama.

Dr. Steve Stokes, medical director of the Cancer Screening Program said, "There's no on-site cancer screenings in the state and this will be the first of its kind."

Local politicians are also doing their part to ensure that residents living in rural areas have access to cancer screenings by making sure legislation to fund the program is approved.

Congressman Terry Everett says, "We are looking at grants of $400,000 dollars. By putting these grants together to get more vans, there is a need."

Southeast Alabama Medical Center is already making plans to expand the program to serve more residents.

Stokes said, "We hope this will be the first of three or four vans to cover the Panhandle of Florida and Georgia."

The cancer screening van will start making its rounds in September.

For more information about the cancer screening van you can contact Southeast Alabama Medical Center toll free at 1-800-268-1253.

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