MUSC/Clemson Partnership

Melanie Slan next to the mobile health unit
Melanie Slan, program manager of outreach and community relations at Hollings Cancer Center

Hollings Cancer Center and Clemson University’s Joseph F. Sullivan Center partnered in 2016 to expand mobile screening services from nine Lowcountry counties to a total of 27 counties throughout the state.

Melanie Slan, program manager of outreach and community relations at Hollings Cancer Center, applauds the partnership because it enhances community outreach.

The state demographics reflect an underserved, largely rural population with a high percentage of minority women who experience significant barriers in accessing cancer prevention and early detection services. From 2018 to 2021, the two mobile vans will expand breast and cervical cancer screenings.

This will enhance work that already is being done. During the past five years, the mobile health unit has provided mammograms and cervical screenings to more than 7,000 women. Annually, about 15 percent of these women are identified as needing additional follow-up appointments and, during the past five years, more than 40 women were diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer. Women needing diagnostic or treatment follow-up are provided direct navigation services to ensure timely access to care.

Of the women screened in the mobile health unit, 80 percent report they would not have sought breast or cervical cancer screening if not for the mobile unit coming to their community. Slan says the mobile health unit also offers periodic services for skin cancer screening for men and women.

Fast Facts

> 75% of new cancers and deaths in S.C. are caused by preventable lifestyle factors.

> All 46 SC counties contain areas designated as medically underserved

> 12 - 27 Since the beginning of the MUSC/Clemson partnership in 2016, MUSC mobile screening services have expanded from 12 Lowcountry counties to a total of 27 counties throughout S.C.