Colby Chrysler Center donates to Marshfield Clinic Mobile Mammography
For Hub City Times
COLBY – During the month of October, Colby Chrysler Center will donate $100 for every new and used vehicle purchased to the Marshfield Clinic Mobile Mammography in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
“My son had a friend’s Mom that had breast cancer last year and I thought it would be a great idea to be able to help support awareness for the disease in some way,” said Bill Hanson sales manager. “I feel this is a good cause because there are a lot of loved ones lost to this cancer. We want to help some of the people that may not be fortunate to get this care done for them.”
According to Marshfield Clinic, the key to stemming breast cancer mortality is early detection through regular mammograms. When found early, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 99 percent.
Unfortunately, access to mammography service is very limited in the small, rural Wisconsin communities served by Marshfield Clinic Health System. Less than 15 percent of the mammography sites in Wisconsin are in the northern half of the state. Distance to screening sites, lack of insurance, inconvenience, lack of access translate into below-average breast cancer screening rates, and subsequently higher death rates for women living in rural Wisconsin.
Marshfield Clinic developed the first mobile mammography unit in Wisconsin and one of the first in the country in 1999. Mobile mammography units can travel to virtually any remote location.
Since 2013, the mobile mammography team has performed over 28,000 exams and over 5,000 bone density scans, logging a combined total of over 530,000 miles.
“Philanthropy has played a major role in getting all three mobile mammography units on the road,” said Mary Beth Knoeck, Marshfield Medical Center Volunteer Fundraising Coordinator. “With support from local businesses like Colby Chrysler, we are able to both raise the awareness and funds needed to keep these units on the road!”