Mobile Mammography bus promotes breast cancer screenings

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This coach bus is pink for breast cancer awareness, but it also goes a step further by promoting breast cancer prevention.

“The fact that it’s here is prompting me to put this at the forefront of my mind to just come and take care of it,” said Deanna Pavone, patient.

Deanna Pavone admits she’s not always good at getting routine annual mammograms, but this breast health clinic on wheels makes it convenient and easy.

“A very close friend of mine was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and you know she’s just on a huge campaign to try to get everybody that she loves, cause we love her very much to do this so here I am,” said Pavone.

More than 18 thousand women have been screened on the coach bus

“We do it to bring it to the women who might not get their mammograms for various reasons, we concentrate in the city and rural areas where it may be more difficult to get to an imaging center to have a mammogram,” said Kathleen Michienzi, Mobile Mammography Program Coordinator.

The mobile clinic comes with two full-field digital mammography systems.

“It’s an x-ray. It can detect abnormalities that we might not feel but again you want to get a clinical breast exam cause you can feel those things as well, a mammogram might not pick that up,” said Linda Smith, Nurse Practitioner.

One in every eight women will get breast cancer in their lifetime, but doctors say it is treatable and early detection saves lives.

“At age 40 we should start looking to have our mammograms done annually. However if you know you’re at higher risk talk to your healthcare provider, he or she might say start a little bit sooner than that,” said Smith.

You can find ECMC’s Mobile Mammography coach bus in different locations through Western New York at least 5 days a week. For a schedule to go www.wnybh.com or call 716-632-7465.

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