The mobile mammography van is the first of its kind in the region; offers convenient, state-of-the-art 3D mammograms and self-compression for women over 40.
TOLEDO, Ohio – Screening for breast cancer is important in women over 40, and now there’s a new way to do it without going to a doctor’s office.
Mercy Health helps women in northwest Ohio screen for breast cancer with their mobile mammography van.
It is the first of its kind for our region; offers convenient, state-of-the-art 3D mammograms and self-compression for women over 40.
“Sometimes women face barriers. Time, access and place when it comes to their health care. So the goal of the mobile mammography unit is to travel around the community and hopefully make it easier for women to get their screened mammograms, ”said Stephanie Gunderman, Mobile Mammography Coordinator.
On Saturday, Mercy Health partnered with Taylor Automotive to offer a convenient screening at the Taylor Kia in Toledo.
They say the screening process with the mobile unit is similar to any other mammography, except the pressure is less in a doctor’s office.
“It is an opportunity to access these services, but in a low-key environment, so we are really proud to offer these services,” said Terry Crosby, Community Outreach Director at Taylor Automotive.
The American Cancer Society recommends that women begin screening for breast cancer by the age of 40. However, if someone has a family history of breast cancer, it is recommended that they start earlier.
The van will also help with early detection in underserved areas of Toledo.
“Early detection is key to finding, treating and surviving breast cancer. It is so important that women take only 15 minutes to schedule their mammogram screening exam,” said Gunderman.
Her goal is to expand across Northwest Ohio to make these screenings more convenient for women.
The unit is scheduled to be at St. Charles Hospital in Oregon on June 16-17, and then to other Lucas County locations through August.
You need to have an appointment.