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 since the beginning of the pandemic, according to a news release from Project Renewal.
The ScanVan has been run by Project Renewal since 2008, and is considered the nation’s first mobile mammography clinic.
Project Renewal has worked to end the cycle of homelessness for over 50 years, and works with 15,000 homeless New Yorkers annually.
This article originally appeared on the Washington Heights-Inwood Patch