SEARHC, Bartlett announce spring mobile mammograms

February 22 2011

The SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program and Bartlett Regional Hospital are happy to announce the Spring 2011 schedule for the mobile mammogram program, and this year there’s a new stop on the itinerary. The mobile mammography van will visit Haines, Kake, Gustavus, Skagway, Yakutat and Angoon this spring and early summer. This is the first year the van will travel to Gustavus, which finally can welcome motor vehicles off the Alaska Marine Highway System ferries because of its new dock. The van is scheduled to visit Haines on May 1-13, Kake on May 17-20, Gustavus on May 26, Skagway on June 1-3, Yakutat on June 8-13 and Angoon on June 16-22. Women are encouraged to contact their local clinics before the scheduled visit because they will need to have had a clinical breast exam before they can get their mammograms. The mobile mammography program is run through a partnership between Bartlett Regional Hospital and the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program. It makes regular mammography screening services available to women who live in communities where they aren’t available year round. “Each year, the mobile mammography unit provides mammograms for more than 700 women who might not otherwise receive this service,” said Litia Garrison, SEARHC Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program Coordinator. “Comprehensive health screenings, including regular mammograms, are an important part of being a healthy woman.” The SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program provides free clinical breast exams, mammograms, Pap tests and cardiovascular screenings for all women ages 40 and older who meet income and insurance guidelines. For more information, contact your local clinic, call the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program in Sitka at 966-8782 (or 1-888-388-8782, toll-free in Alaska), or send e-mail to askwh@searhc.org. For more information about services available through the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program, go to http://www.searhc.org/womenshealth/.