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Fighting Cancer? The Mammovan Can

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 13, 2012 – 3:09 pm

Our focus on Breast Cancer Awareness Month continues with a look at the famous Mammovan.

On Thursday, the George Washington Medical Faculty Associates Mobile Mammography Program — or, for short, the Mammovan — headed to FedExField to help 15 Prince Georges County women receive mammograms at no charge. The screenings, which were coordinated through the CSA in Maryland, lasted from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Mammovan has actually been a staple in the Washington, D.C.-area’s battle against breast cancer since 1996.

Since that time, it has traveled to community health sites and screened more than 35,000 women in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area, and it is recognized for providing state-of-the-art screening (including digital mammography) to underserved populations and private organizations.

To date, all 116 women diagnosed with breast cancer while on the Mammovan have been Stage 0, 1 or 2. Currently, the Mammovan screens between 2,250 and 2,500 women annually.

Much like the Mammovan, the Redskins Women’s Club is spending October focusing on screenings and preventative health measures to tackle breast cancer. Early detection is often the best defense and just a 15- to 20-minute screening can save lives. Visit www.WOWRedskins.com/map for more information and to find a screening location near you.

If you represent a corporation, church or civic group and wish to schedule a site visit with the Mammovan, please call 202.741.3274.

If you’re a woman who would like to make an appointment to get your mammogram on the Mammovan, please call 202.741.3252.

For more information, go to the Mammovan’s official website.

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