Mobile Unit Provides Cancer Screenings for Women
Women may not be able to get to a physician for a mammography. Forunately, a service from Rex Healthcare brings the screenings to them.Posted — Updated
Women normally cannot find breast cancer screening in southern Chatham County, but that changed when the Rex Mobile Mammography unit recently visited the Piedmont Health Services clinic in Moncure.
Felicia Laplanche drove more than 10 miles from Sanford because breast cancer runs in her family.
Annual mammography is recommended for women starting at age 40 or earlier if they have a significant family history of breast cancer. It's a simple process, yet many women do not do it.
Officials said women do not need to be concerned about insurance issues.
The Rex Hospital Foundation and the Komen Foundation provide funding for women who qualify for screening and follow-up treatment.
Rex Mobile Mammography carries that opportunity within a 50-mile radius of Raleigh. It helps them reach high-risk groups. If Blanca Marquez ever gets breast cancer, she wants to catch it early.
"Then, I can treat it in time," she said.
Five hospitals in the state provide mobile mammography service. The Rex unit is the only one in the Triangle and it will soon add digital mammography to their service.
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