BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — St. Vincent’s Hospital is making it more convenient for women to be screened for breast cancer.
The hospital started the service six years ago and travels within a 60-mile radius. The coach is equipped with a waiting area where women will take part in a pre-screening interview. From there, the screening process begins in a very private setting for the patient.
“The woman can change, undress from the top up, said Dr. Camelia Lawrence, breast surgeon at St. Vincent’s Hospital. “The mammogram is then performed. It’s a digital unit so the results are ready right away.”
Early detection is key when it comes to breast cancer. Dr. Lawrence says the goal is to discover if it’s there before a woman can even feel it. She adds that people should not put the screening off if there are concerns about affordability.
“We do take insurance,” said Dr. Lawrence. “However, mammography is free to women who are not able to afford it. There are certain financial criteria, but we never turn anyone away.”
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the mobile mammography unit will be making a number of stops compared to the few it makes in an average month. For more information on this service or to fin out where the coach will be located, visit them online.