Mammograms On Wheels Coming To The North

Mobile Mammography Truck Photo Courtesy: BC Cancer Agency

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Cancer Agency is sending their digital mammography vehicles up North.

These two vehicles were officially added to the mammography screening practices in February of this year.

One vehicle will be in the North until August. The vehicles boast a wheelchair lift, a waiting area, and an examination room.

The BC Cancer Agency’s new digital mammography vehicle will be visiting more than 37 Northern communities over the next three months.

There will be daily appointments as well as some weekend appointments for those who have hectic lives during the week.

Health Minister Terry Lake says accessibility should never be an issue.

“Accessibility should never be a barrier to receiving high quality diagnostic testing or treatments. The mobile mammography unit provides yet another way for women in rural and remote communities in the north to get the care they need and I encourage all those eligible to take full advantage of this service.”

Northern Health says people should be able to use innovative technology for screenings.

“Northern Health works hard with its partners such as the BC Cancer Agency to find ways to deliver care as close to home as possible for people in northern B.C. Having the mobile mammography screening in northern B.C. allows patients to receive tests from new and innovative technology operated by health care professionals.”

Women can visit www.screeningbc.ca/breast to find a year-round location or to find out when the vehicle will be stopping in your area.