The St. Joseph’s Medical Center Digital Mammography Unit is offering free and low-cost mammograms in Stockton, San Jose and Sacramento this February, so if you’re a woman over 40 who hasn’t had a mammogram in a while, now is the time to start thinking about it!
St. Joseph’s Mobile Mammography Unit (MMU) is a full-service, self-contained mammography clinic on wheels featuring the latest in state-of-the-art digital mammography technology and service. Thanks to a $1.5 million start-up grant from the Sacramento Valley Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the specially designed 18-wheel tractor-trailer mobile unit is the only one of its kind in California. The MMU offers mammography services to women in 22 Central Valley and mountain counties in the north central region of California and prioritizes reaching women over age 40 that are underserved or uninsured and have limited access to mammography screenings due to work schedules, time constraints, or those living in remote locations.
Breast cancer is the disease many women fear the most, and early detection and treatment can dramatically improve a woman’s chances of survival. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. If detected early – and mammography is the best way to do that – the five-year survival rate for patients is more than 90 percent.
More than 800,000 women over the age of 40 reside within the geographic area designated to receive MMU visits, and it is estimated that more than 81,000 have never had a mammogram. In addition to mammograms, patients will also receive clinical breast exams and educational materials addressing breast cancer screening and treatment. The MMU also includes an exam room that can be used to provide other health-related exams.
Scheduled Events / Visits
2/7/12 MOUNTAIN VIEW – Safeway (225 San Antonio Rd.)
2/9/12 SAN JOSE – Safeway (1300 West San Carlos St.)
In partnership with The Alameda Clinic
2/10/12 STOCKTON – St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Mobile Mammography Unit (542 McCloud Ave.)
2/14/12 SAN JOSE – Gardner Clinic (195 East Virginia St.)
2/16/12 MANTECA – Calvary Community Church (815 W. Lathrop Rd.)
2/23/12 SAN JOSE – Safeway (1530 Hamilton Ave.)
In partnership with Indian Health Center of San Jose
2/24/12 STOCKTON – St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Mobile Mammography Unit (542 McCloud Ave.)
2/28/12 MOUNTAIN VIEW – Safeway (225 San Antonio Rd.)
In partnership Mayview Clinic of Mt. View
The American Cancer Society recommends that women receive an annual mammogram starting at age 40, obtain an annual clinical breast exam by a healthcare professional and perform monthly breast self-exams. Breast cancer is the disease many women fear the most, and early detection and treatment can dramatically improve a woman’s chances of survival. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, and leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women ages 40 to 55. If detected early – and mammography is the best way to do that – the five-year survival rate for patients is more than 90 percent.
Where are you getting your mammogram this year? Tell us about it!
- Free and Low-Cost Mammograms in Stockton, San Jose and Sacramento in February
- Free Mammograms this Saturday, February 26th in the Seattle, Washington Area
- Beverly Oncology Offers Free Mammograms in Montebello, California on February 11th
- Free Mammograms and Skin Screenings in La Crosse, Wisconsin on May 13th
- Free Mammograms at the ANWA Basic Free Medical Clinic in Silver Springs, Maryland April 6th