Mobile Mammography Van Expands Screening Operations To New Site In Middletown
Beth Krallis, Communications Director
Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc.
302-778-1102 ext. 1014
The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) is pleased to announce that the Delaware Division of Public Health’s (DPH) Women’s Mobile Health Screening (WMHS) van has expanded mammography screenings to a new site in Middletown. The WMHS van will visit Westside Family Health (WSFH) in Middletown every other month to provide mammograms by appointment to women who meet qualifications. DPH provides funding to DBCC to operate and staff the year-round efforts of the mammography van in partnership with Beebe Medical Center.
The WMHS van began screening at WSFH in Middletown on May 20, 2015. Dr. Tom Stephens, Chief Medical Officer at Westside Family Healthcare, was eager to bring mammography screening to the regular clients of the office and the Middletown Community. “For many years, Westside Family Healthcare has partnered with DBCC to provide onsite mammography services through the Women’s Mobile Health Screening Van. This collaboration has been critical in breaking down financial and transportation barriers to lifesaving diagnostic screening that exist for many of our patients. Starting just recently, we’re pleased to be able to expand our partnership with DBCC to provide these same screening services onsite at our Middletown health center.”
The WMHS van provides mobile mammography services to low income, uninsured, and underinsured women. Medicaid, Medicare, and most health insurance is accepted. WMHS staff can help women apply for Screening for Life, a program of DPH that pays for the cost of a mammogram for eligible women, or find another program that can help cover the cost of a mammogram. If you have a problem with your breasts, or have had breast cancer, you should not be screened on the van. Women need to obtain a prescription from their doctor and call the WMHS office to make an appointment, 1-888-672-9647.
Early detection is the best way to increase cancer survival rates and mammography screening is the best tool in use today to detect breast cancer early. The Delaware Cancer Consortium recommends screening annually beginning at age forty, depending on one’s family history. In 2014, DBCC performed 573 screening mammograms on the Women’s Mobile Health Screening Van at 23 different sites throughout Delaware. Another 140 women were scheduled, transported and/or accompanied by DBCC for interpretation to partner sites for mammograms.
Every other month, the van will be parked outside the Westside Family Health Center in Middletown which is located on 306 E. Main Street. For more information about the Women’s Mobile Health Screening Van, the schedule, or to make an appointment for a mammogram, please call 1-888-672-9647.
The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is a 501(c)(3) organization offering statewide programs and services of education, outreach, and early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Its mission is to create a community where every person diagnosed with breast cancer is a survivor, and fear and doubt are replaced with knowledge and hope.
Headquartered in Wilmington with offices in Sussex and Kent Counties, DBCC’s programs reach diverse communities to deliver messages that address their unique concerns about breast cancer and early detection. Recognizing the barriers of language, culture, and economics, DBCC trains community advocates to educate and encourage women to take responsibility for breast health. DBCC helps women with low incomes and those with little or no insurance to receive free or reduced-cost care.
DBCC also supports the National Breast Cancer Coalition and their research efforts by helping to facilitate participation in local clinical trials. All funds raised for DBCC support programs in Delaware and the neighboring areas in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey.
For more information about the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, call 866-312-DBCC (3222) or visit the website at http://www.debreastcancer.org.