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SEARHC, Bartlett announce fall mobile mammograms

Posted: July 16, 2012 - 11:00pm

SITKA — The SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program and Bartlett Regional Hospital have announced the Fall 2012 schedule for the mobile mammogram program.

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.

The mobile mammography program is run through a partnership between Bartlett Regional Hospital and SEARHC. It makes regular mammography screening services available to women who live in communities where they aren’t available year round.

“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 askwh@searhc.org. For more information about services available through the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program, go to www.searhc.org/womenshealth/.

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