The Drumheller Health Centre's parking lot will be taken over by the Alberta Health Services' mobile mammography station.
- Category: Local News
- Written by Nikki Broom
The mammography screenings start today, November 28, and will run until December 10. This screen test still has appointments available.
"Screen Test provides digital screening mammogram's on a mobile clinic. Before 2008, we used to have film screen mammogram's. The digital mammogram we have now are much more specific and much better for women (as) we are finding more breast cancer's than ever," explained Screen Test Community Coordinator with AHS, Harmony McRae.
"We really want to encourage women to not be afraid. Our clinic is just as good as anything you'd find in a regular clinic and it's quite nice on the mobile. We encourage you to come, make an appointment and check it out."
So, how long does an appointment take?
"The whole appointment takes about half an hour and the mammogram takes about 10 minutes. We take four pictures in total, two on each side of each breast. It's pretty quick and we try to make it as painless as possible," outlined McRae.
If anyone is interested in finding out more information or wanting to book an appointment, McRae added to call the toll free number provided.
"We have a toll free line, 1-800-667-0604, and that's toll free across the entire province. We encourage women 50 and over to be screened every two years and they can self-refer. Women 40-49 do need a referral for their first appointment, but if they have questions they can give us a call and we will let them know what to do," mentioned McRae.
"We know that mammogram's can help find breast cancer two to three years before the cancer is large enough to be felt by the woman or her doctor. It really does save lives, so we want to encourage women to not wait until you have a lump or problem. Come in and get screened as part of your regular check up," expressed McRae. "Most women are surviving about 90 percent. It's no longer a death sentence, it's something that is very manageable. Just come in, get screened and make it a part of your regular routine."