HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — According to the American College of Radiology, mammograms have helped reduce breast cancer mortality by nearly 40 percent. That’s why Sentara RMH Funkhouser Women’s Center has made this life saving technology more accessible. The center takes a 3D mobile mammography van throughout the community, providing breast screening access to those who may not have time to go to the doctor.
“The center felt that there were women who weren’t getting mammograms because they work in manufacturing or the poultry industry,” said Tami Brown, manager of mammography services. “So we felt that if they can’t come to us, we’re going to go to them.”
The van currently travels to over 60 locations throughout the community, and this year, it has served 1,900 people.
“It has grown in leaps and bounds.,” said Brown. “We go to 63 different areas, some of them multiple times and we just keep adding on different locations, every year we get at least 3-5 more locations.”
Brown said that October has already been a busy month as it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. She recommends that women 40 and over come and get screened.
“If you can’t make it to us, we will definitely come to you. We are easily accessible in our mammogram locations and also at the Women’s Center.”
For more information about where the mobile center will be, call the Funkhouser Women’s Center scheduling desk at (540) 689-6000.