The “Mammovan” visited Hawthorne to assist with on-site screening services to women in our local, rural community.
Staffed with three women to assist in the process, appointments could be secured in advance, drop-ins were welcome and a vast amount of general information was available to assist women with the knowledge of getting screened early. With a theme of early detection, the Nevada Health Centers are providing this service through a grant which was secured by former U.S. Senator John Ensign and his wife Dema Guinn.
The Mammovan targets women ages 40 and over, but will provide the service should a physician refer their patient for the screening.
Reports note that the average risk is age 50 to 74, and yet increased screening is allowing millions of women to survive breast cancer because of early detection. For peace of mind, and with one’s physical changes, one can usually have a screening every two years, unless directed otherwise by a doctor.
All women are eligible, regardless of economic status. Payment methods include Medicaid, Medicare, Insurance and a sliding-fee scale, yet others were eligible for no-cost screening. One staff member emphasized that early detection is the key.
The Hawthorne location had such a successful response, that their program manager, Colleen Petrosky is reviewing the van to be slated for a stop at the Safeway parking lot every three months.
One technician stated, “It’s the rural areas which suffer from lack of proper facilities, so the Mammovan was created to assist in one area of medical ease. The American Cancer Society reports that about one in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer during their lifetime. This converted trailer is a lovely facility and state of the art; allowing privacy and an easy setting for women to access makes it an easy decision to get it done.”
For more information contact 877-581-6266 or 775-888-6617 to have the Mammovan visit your local area. More information is also found at nvhealthcenters.org.