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SEARHC Announces August 2014 Mobile Mammogram Schedule

BCDC Mammogram Van

BCDC Mammogram Van

Photo Courtesy of SEARHC

SITKA, July 01, 2014 – The SouthEast Regional Health Consortium’s WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program in partnership with the Breast Cancer Detection Center are pleased to announce the August 2014 mobile mammography schedule.

The mobile mammography van will visit Hydaburg on Friday, August 1st, Klawock from Saturday, August 2nd through Friday, August 8th, Hoonah from Tuesday, August 12th through Friday, August 15th, Skagway on Monday, August 18th, and Haines on Wednesday August 20th through Monday, August 25th.

All women are at risk for breast cancer - it is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death (after lung cancer) among Alaskan women. Early detection of breast cancer through regular screening increases the chances of long-term survival.

“Comprehensive health screenings, including regular mammograms, are an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Last year, over 500 women received a mammogram in their home community, through the mobile mammography program,” said Martha Pearson, SEARHC Health Promotion Division Director. She adds, “The SEARHC Women’s Health Care Team recommends a yearly visit with your provider to review all of your health needs. I strongly encourage women to contact your local clinic now to schedule an appointment.”

The mobile mammography program is made possible through a partnership between the Breast Cancer Detection Center and the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program to make regular mammography screening services available to women who live in communities where they are not available year round. The mobile mammogram van traveled to Angoon, Haines, and Kake this spring.

The SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program provides free clinical breast exams, mammograms, Pap tests and cardiovascular screenings 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 e-mail askwh@searhc.org.

For more information about services available through the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program, visit www. http://searhc.org/wisewoman-and-breast-cervical-health.

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