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SEARHC Announces Spring 2015 Mobile Mammogram Schedule

March 02 2015

SITKA – The SouthEast Regional Health Consortium’s WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program in partnership with the Breast Cancer Detection Center is pleased to announce the Spring 2015 mobile mammography schedule.

The mobile mammography van will visit Yakutat from April 15-17, Angoon on April 30 and May 1-2, Haines on May 8-9 and 11-13, and Kake from May 15-16.

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.

With the changing recommendations for women’s health screening tests, patients may find it confusing. “Now is a great time to schedule a Women’s Health Exam with your provider to review all of your health needs and learn how to reduce your risk for breast cancer. Last year, over 500 women received a mammogram in their home community through the mobile mammography program, said Pam Sloper, SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health RN. “Comprehensive health screenings, including regular mammograms, are an important part of being healthy, so we strongly encourage women to contact their local clinic to schedule an appointment prior to their scheduled mobile mammogram van visit.”

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. In addition to the four locations this spring, the mobile mammogram van will be traveling to Hydaburg, Klawock, Craig, Hoonah, Skagway, Metlakatla, and Haines in August.

The SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program provides free clinical breast exams, Pap tests and cardiovascular screenings for all women ages 30 to 64, and mammograms to women age 40-64 who meet income and insurance guidelines.

For more information contact your local clinic, call the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program in Sitka at 1-888-388-8782 (toll-free in Alaska) or email 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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