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The Palmetto Health Breast Center mobile mammography van—the first in South Carolina—is celebrating 25 years of caring for women in the Midlands and across the state. Since the mobile unit first rolled into town, more than 104,000 mammograms have been performed, and nearly 400 women diagnosed with breast cancer. The 40-foot mobile mammography van travels to worksites and community organizations to provide scheduled mammograms to groups of 25 or more women.
Remember that early detection is your best protection.
• One in eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. American Cancer Society guidelines recommend yearly screening mammograms beginning at age 40 and continuing for as long as the woman is in good health.
• More frequent screening may be recommended by your physician or radiologist based on your personal medical history.
• Clinical breast exams by a health care provider should be part of your periodic health exam. Women should know how their breasts normally feel and promptly report any change to their health care providers.
• Breast self-exam is an option that is encouraged for women starting at age 20.
• Studies show that when women are screened for breast cancer using mammography in addition to a physical exam, more cancers are detected at very early stages. And, the earlier breast cancer is discovered, the better the outcome.
For more information about Palmetto Health Breast Center’s mobile mammography program, call 803-296-3868 or visit PalmettoHealth.org.