- Associated Press - Friday, April 8, 2016

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A new mammogram van is scheduled to visit various Missouri counties this year to give breast cancer screenings.

The Columbia Missourian (https://bit.ly/1SEzcxj ) reports that the goal of the University of Missouri’s Ellis Fischel Cancer Center’s van is to bring quality screenings to women throughout the state.

A nurse, a mammography technologist and another staff member will be aboard the van during the 22 stops planned from April 11 to June 22. The 20- to 30-minute screenings are supposed to offer fast access to breast health services.

A 3-D mammography suite, two private changing rooms and an exam bed are inside the van. Although 3-D imaging provides a larger dose of radiation than 2-D imaging, it does not present a risk to patients, said Annette Berkley, a mammography technologist at the center.

In 2005, the center began a traveling mammogram service to visit businesses, health care centers and other organizations on request. The mammogram van service performed 2,940 screenings on women from 49 counties in 2015.

Screenings aren’t free, but some financial assistance may be provided by insurance or through the cancer center. The David B. Lichtenstein Foundation paid for the nearly $766,000 van.


Information from: Columbia Missourian, https://www.columbiamissourian.com

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