One out of eight women will be diagnosed in her lifetime, and it's still one of the most commonly diagnosed cancer for women; breast cancer.

A mobile mammography screening station will be coming to Hanna this month.

"I think it makes a huge difference, especially to the rural communities that we serve. When we can bring the screening right to them in the convenience of their own community, it lets them know how important mammography really is and it removes those barriers in having to take time off work or having to find child care," stated Harmony McRae, Screen Test Community Coordinator with Alberta Health Services.

Most breast cancer cases that are found by mammography stations are in women aged 50 to 74.

"They're the best tool we have to find those breast cancers early. It's one of the reasons why most women are surviving breast cancer over 80 per cent and almost 90 per cent," she noted.

The mobile mammography screening station will be in Hanna from April 25 to May 5.

"We really want to encourage women to not wait until you have a problem. Come in and be screened regularly to make this part of your regular taking care of yourself," McRae outlined.

"We do prefer if they make an appointment. They can call our toll free line, the number is 1-800-667-0604 and that's across Alberta."

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