The mobile mammography van will visit Kake, Haines, Angoon, Skagway and Yakutat this spring and early summer. In the late summer and fall, the van will visit Hoonah, Haines, Skagway, Prince of Wales Island and Metlakatla.
The spring schedule is tentative, but hopefully will not change, program director Roz DeRensis said.
The van is scheduled to visit Kake on April 23-25, Haines on May 1-11, Angoon on May 21-23, Skagway on June 1-5 and Yakutat on June 13-18.
The mobile mammography program is run through a partnership between Bartlett Regional Hospital and the SEARHC Breast and Cervical Health Program. It makes regular mammography 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 550 women who might not otherwise receive this service," DeRensis said. "Regular mammograms are an important part of being a healthy woman."
The SEARHC Breast and Cervical Health Program provides free clinical breast exams and mammograms for all women ages 40-64 who meet income and insurance guidelines.
For more information, contact your local clinic, call 966-8782 in Sitka (or 1-888-388-8782, toll-free in Alaska), or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.