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Mobile Mammography Vans Can Bring Free and Low-Cost Mammograms To You

How long has it been since you had a mammogram? If it’s been over a year and you are over 40 and/or have a family history of breast cancer, you know that you’re long overdue. Look, we know that many of us are only squeaking by right now and health insurance that covers mammograms can be tough to come by right now, so it’s tempting to skip a mammogram, but it can’t be said enough: The best protection from breast cancer is early detection.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation estimates that each year, over 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and over 40,000 die. One woman in eight either has or will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Approximately 1,700 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 450 will die each year. If detected early, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer exceeds 96%. Mammograms are among the best early detection methods, yet 13 million U.S. women 40 years of age or older have never had a mammogram.

Luckily, a number of hospitals, cancer centers and other healthcare groups have started mobile mammography vans to bring affordable, accessible and convenient mammograms to their communities. Many mobile mammography vans prioritize serving uninsured, low-income and/or non-English-speaking women who otherwise could not otherwise afford a mammogram or who are unaccustomed to seeing a doctor. The mobile mammography vans makes mammograms available to thousands who would be able to take a day off from work to go to a doctor or hospitals to get a mammogram, and many offer free or low-cost mammograms to women who are uninsured and/or cannot afford a mammogram.

This is not an exhaustive list, but here are some mobile mammography programs that we know of:

In the West:

Inner Images Mobile Mammography Vans (California)

San Francisco General Hospital Mobile Mammography Van

The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Mobile Mammography Van

In the Midwest:

Jewish Hospital Mobile Mammography Van (Ohio)

Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Missouri Baptist Medical Center Mobile Mammography Vans

Ellis Fischel Cancer Center Mobile Mammogrpahy Van (Columbia, Missouri)

The Siteman Cancer Center Mobile Mammography Van (St. Louis, Missouri)

In the South and Southwest:

The M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Mobile Mammography Van (Texas)

The Boca Raton Community Hospital Mobile Mammography Van (Florida)

The Gwinnett Medical Center Mobile Mammography Van (Georgia)

In the Northeast:

The Dana Farber Cancer Institute Mobile Mammography Van (Boston, Massachusetts)

The Ellis/Bellevue Mobile Mammography Van (New York)

Have you had a mammogram recently? Do you know of another mobile mammography van program we should add to our list? Tell us about it at the MyHealthCafe.com Forums!

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