SEARHC announces summer, fall mobile mammograms

Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2009

SITKA - The SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women's Health Program has announced the Summer-Fall 2009 schedule for the mobile mammogram program.

The mobile mammography van will visit Hoonah, Haines, Skagway, Klawock, Craig and Metlakatla this summer and fall. This year the van has been updated with digital imaging on board instead of film.

The van is scheduled to visit Hoonah from Aug. 18 to 24, Haines from Aug. 27 to Sept. 11, Skagway from Sept. 14 to 17, Klawock from Sept. 23 to Oct. 9, Craig from Oct. 12 to 14 and Metlakatla tentatively from Oct. 16 to 23. No mammograms will be done on weekends.

The mobile mammography program is run through a partnership between Bartlett Regional Hospital and the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women's Health Program. The mobile mammography van makes regular mammography services available to women who live in nine 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," SEARHC Women's Health Care Manager Roz DeRensis said. "Regular mammograms are an important part of being a healthy woman."

The SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women's Health Program provides free clinical breast exams, mammograms and cardiovascular health screening for all women ages 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 907-966-8782 (888-388-8782 for toll-free in Alaska), send e-mail to askwh@searhc.org or visit www.searhc.org/womenshealth/.



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