WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, NY — In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, a nonprofit organization will provide free mammograms in Washington Heights.
Project Renewal, a homeless service provider, will take its ScanVan to Washington Heights on Monday to offer free mammograms to low-income residents.
The ScanVan will be part of a larger event at the Community Healthcare Network at 511 West 157th Street. Anybody that wants to will be able to get a mammogram from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The ScanVan is no normal van.
It’s a 40-foot-long state-of-the-art vehicle, with a full clinic, which generally travels to more than 200 locations throughout the five boroughs each year. However, it shut down during the peak of coronavirus in New York City, and returned to the road in July.
The emphasis on mammograms has added weight in 2020, as there has been a 94 percent decrease in breast-cancer screenings