Mobile Mammography Van Stops at St. Francis Community Center July 20

Jul 12, 2017
Photo by: Supplied DIGITAL: Breast cancer screenings will be available at the St. Francis Center on July 20.

The Dr. Jan Astin Mobile Digital Mammography Van is visiting locations throughout New Jersey this month, with a stop scheduled for the St. Francis Community Center in Brant Beach from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, on behalf of the Long Beach Island Health Department.

Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Those who plan to stop by can call the scheduling department at 609-677-9729.

The screenings are free for uninsured women over 40 with no current or past breast issues. Screenings for insured women are processed through their insurance.

According to the AMI Foundation of Atlantic Medical Imaging website, amifoundation.net/mammovan, “The Dr. Jan Astin Mobile Digital Mammography Van travels throughout southeastern New Jersey to make breast cancer screening easier and more convenient. The custom-built, 38-foot van is completely self-contained. In addition to offering the latest digital mammography equipment, the van provides a comfortable waiting area and a private dressing room.

“The mobile van’s radiology services are accredited by the American College of Radiology and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Mammography images are read by board-certified fellowship trained radiologists at Atlantic Medical Imaging.”

According to the American Cancer Society, as the website explains, women 40 and older should receive a mammography screening each year. “We also recommend that women have at least one baseline mammography screening between the age of 35 and 40,” the AMI Foundation notes. “So, if it’s time for you to get a mammogram, make an appointment today. Early detection helps save lives.” —J.K.-H.

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