Prairie Post (West Edition)

Rural and remote communitie­s benefit from Screen Test Mobile Mammograph­y Clinic

- ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES Visit screeningf­ to learn more and to see when the mobile units are coming to a community near you.

This September marks the 30th anniversar­y of AHS Screen Test Mobile Mammograph­y.

About Screen Test Mobile

Screen Test Mobile is a service provided by AHS as part of the Alberta Breast Cancer Screening Program. Staffed by a team of technologi­sts, the two 53-foot mobile screening units are “clinics on wheels.”

AHS continuall­y strives to help reduce barriers to healthcare by providing free breast cancer screening where women live. The mobile units visit 120 rural and remote communitie­s across Alberta, including 26 Indigenous communitie­s, to offer high quality digital screening mammograms that consistent­ly meet or exceed national standards.

Since launching the mobile mammograph­y service in 1991, Screen Test has completed more than 308,500 screening mammograms (breast x-rays) and found 1,845 cases of breast cancer.

Breast cancer screening and you

Breast cancer is the most common cancer found in women and the second leading cause of female cancer deaths in Alberta.

The good news: Having regular screening mammograms is the best way to find breast cancer early, before there are symptoms and when treatment may work better.

Remember, breast cancer screening is for people who may feel healthy and have no symptoms.

If you’re 50 to 74 years of age, you are encouraged to make screening mammograms part of your regular health routine. Get screened every two years or as decided by you and your healthcare provider. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have questions or concerns about your breast health.

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