The mobile mammography van will visit Hoonah, Haines, Skagway, Klawock, Craig and Metlakatla during the late-summer and fall schedule. The van visits Hoonah on Aug. 20-24, Haines on Aug. 27-Sept. 10, Skagway on Sept. 11-14, Klawock on Sept. 19-28 and Oct. 3-9, Craig on Oct. 1-2 and Metlakatla on Oct. 11-19 (no weekend or holiday appointments). Women are encouraged to contact their local clinics before the scheduled visit because they need to have a recent clinical breast exam on file (within the previous six months) before they can get their mammograms.
“Each year, the mobile mammography unit provides mammograms for more than 700 women who might not otherwise receive this service,” said Litia Garrison, SEARHC Women’s Health Program Manager. “Comprehensive health screenings, including regular mammograms, are an important part of being a healthy woman.”
The SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program provides free clinical breast exams, mammograms, Pap tests, cardiovascular screenings and healthy lifestyle support for all women ages 40 and older who meet income and insurance guidelines.
For more information, contact your local clinic, call the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program in Sitka at 966-8782 (or 1-888-388-8782, toll-free in Alaska), or send e-mail to email@example.com. For more information about services available through the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program, go to SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program.
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.
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