Story last updated at 6/17/2009 - 11:02 am
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 on Aug. 18-24, Haines on Aug. 27 to Sept. 11, Skagway on Sept. 14-17, Klawock on Sept. 23 to Oct. 9, Craig on Oct. 12-14 and Metlakatla on dates TBA (tentatively Oct. 16-23). 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 966-8782 (or 1-888-388-8782, toll-free in Alaska), send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.searhc.org/womenshealth.