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
2/3/11 STOCKTON – San Joaquin County Fairgrounds (1658 S. Airport Way)
2/7/11 GRIDLEY – Safeway (1596 State Hwy 99)
2/10/11 STOCKTON – San Joaquin County Fairgrounds (1658 S. Airport Way)
2/11/11 SAN JOSE – Gardner Health Center (195 E. Virginia St.)
2/12/11 SAN JOSE – CompreCare Clinic (3030 Alum Rock Ave.)
2/15/11 NEWMAN – Newman Family Resource Center (1300 Patchett Dr.)
2/16/11 SAN JOSE – Safeway (1530 Hamilton Ave.)
In partnership with Indian Health Center
2/17/11 STOCKTON – San Joaquin County Fairgrounds (1658 S. Airport Way)
2/18/11 LODI – Safeway (2449 Kettleman Ln.)
2/19/11 SONORA – Safeway (1291 Sanguinetti Rd.)
2/23/11 TURLOCK – Safeway (3051 Countryside Rd.)
2/24/11 OLIVEHURST – Lindhurst Family Health Center (4941 Olivehurst Ave.)
2/25/11 WEST SACRAMENTO – Safeway (1298 West Capitol Ave.)
2/26/11 PLACERVILLE – Safeway (3955 Missouri Flat Rd.)
2/28/11 SACRAMENTO – Safeway (2851 Del Paso Rd.)
Where are you getting your mammogram this year? Tell us about it!
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