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Ask the Expert: How does the "Mobile Mammography" service work?
BELLEVUE, Ky. (WKRC) - A local teacher shares the importance of early detection of breast cancer.
Six days a week, providers at Saint Elizabeth Healthcare are somewhere in the local community with the “Mobile Mammography” van. One day they made a very special stop, at a school that a local teacher says saved her life. Her name is Kristy Jones.
“It was a real-life lesson for some of our kids,” said Jones.
Mammogram images from the machine let Jones' health team know that she needed further testing.
At a follow-up visit at the Saint Elizabeth Breast Center, they discovered she had “DCIS”.
DCIS is a form of breast cancer, that in Jones' case, was highly treatable, likely because she found it early, which is something she credits to the Mobile Mammography team.
“I like to think that I would have made an appointment over the summer, but I don't know that I would have. I don't know what would have happened if I waited,” said Jones.
The mammography van team was invited to Jones' school on her recommendation.
“We go on site to do mammograms, whether at companies or in the community,” said Madonna Vinicome.
Vinicome said that the goal is to remove barriers to screening for women because they tend to put themselves second, third or fourth in priority when it comes to caring for themselves and others.
“By us coming and providing this service, we can 'carpe diem', get them at work where they will step away and get this screening, and that is just an awesome feeling to be able to provide that service,” said Vinicome.
If you do not have medical insurance, they do have funding to help cover the cost so no one is turned away.
It only takes about twenty minutes for the test.