A mobile cancer-detector will be traveling the northeast next week.
The Mammogram Van is offering free breast screenings for women 40 – 79 years of age. Regional Community Coordinator Manon Joice says this service lessens the stress on the Northern Health services. [asset|aid=1862|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b87175535c74d12512ca69190a947796-Manon Joice 1_1_Pub.mp3]
The van contains all of the equipment needed for the exam. Joice says the screenings will actually be done in a private room inside the Fort St. John Medical Clinic.
The 15-minute screening consist of four x-rays that check for breast tissue abnormalities. Results then get sent to the patients’ addresses. Joice says it’s important that women at that age get a mammogram once every two years. [asset|aid=1863|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b87175535c74d12512ca69190a947796-Manon Joice 2_1_Pub.mp3]
The Mammogram Van is a program administered by the BC Cancer Agency and funded by the Ministry of Health Services through the Provincial Health Services Authority. The van will be in the City from September 22 until September 24th. It will also be in Dawson Creek, Tumbler Ridge, and Chetwynd.
The screenings will be done by appointment. To book a free mammogram call 1-800-663-9203.
Click on the link below for a full schedule of where the Mammogram Van will be visiting.