Mo­bile mam­mog­ra­phy ser­vice to visit Oyen this month

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - NEWS -

Women ages 50 to 74 — the group most at risk of de­vel­op­ing breast cancer — will have lo­cal ac­cess to mam­mog­ra­phy ser­vices when Al­berta Health Ser­vices’ Screen Test pro­gram ar­rives in the com­mu­nity later this month.

A mo­bile mam­mog­ra­phy trailer will be sta­tioned in Oyen at Big Coun­try Hospital, 312 3 St. E., near the Home Care of­fice, on Oct. 19, 20, 21 and 22. Res­i­dents can book an ap­point­ment or learn more about the pro­gram by call­ing 1-800-667-0604.

Due to COVID-19 pre­cau­tions, the num­ber of avail­able ap­point­ments per hour has been re­duced. This is to en­sure a min­i­mum num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als in the trailer at one time and al­low full clean­ing between clients. A health as­sess­ment will be un­der­taken with each client at time of book­ing (if ap­point­ment is within 10 days of book­ing) and when ar­riv­ing for the ap­point­ment.

More in­for­ma­tion will be pro­vided upon book­ing of ap­point­ments.

Screen Test is im­prov­ing ac­cess to cancer screening for hun­dreds of women in rural Al­berta com­mu­ni­ties where mam­mog­ra­phy is not read­ily avail­able.

A mam­mo­gram is an X-ray of the breast and has proven to be the most ef­fec­tive way to de­tect breast cancer. Early de­tec­tion al­lows for a greater num­ber of op­tions for treat­ment and a bet­ter chance of sur­vival.

Visit screen­ing­for­life.ca for a com­plete list­ing of Screen Test mo­bile sites.

Al­berta Health Ser­vices is the pro­vin­cial health author­ity re­spon­si­ble for plan­ning and de­liv­er­ing health sup­ports and ser­vices for more than four mil­lion adults and chil­dren liv­ing in Al­berta. Its mis­sion is to pro­vide a pa­tient-fo­cused, qual­ity health sys­tem that is ac­ces­si­ble and sus­tain­able for all Al­ber­tans.

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