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The Delaware General Health District is partnering with the James Mobile Mammography Unit to help bring mammograms to women of Delaware.


The DGHD is taking appointments for the mammogram screenings April 16 when the Mobile Mammography Unit will be at the Center for Older Adults, 800 Cheshire Road.


“We are dedicated to the prevention and education of all forms of cancer, including breast,” said Traci Whittaker, DGHD spokesperson. “The Health District sets up appointments for mammogram screenings because they are an important step in the prevention of cancer.”


Annual screenings are recommended annually for women older than 40. The mobile unit is open to women age 35 and older, but women ages 35 to 39 must have a written prescription from their doctor. To be eligible for mammograms with the mobile unit, women must not be currently pregnant or nursing, and must not currently have symptoms, a diagnosis or a history of breast cancer.


Mammograms in the mobile unit are held in private and are performed by specially trained female technologists. The mammograms are interpreted by board-certified expert radiologists, the DGHD said.


Screenings take about 10 minutes, and are covered by Medicare and most insurance plans. Women who wish to pay privately will need to pay $105 at the time of service.


For women without insurance, the DGHD may be able to provide some clients with assistance.


“In addition to taking appointments for these screenings, we also provide health talks on cancer and make referrals to the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program for low or no cost mammography for low income women who meet the guidelines,” Whittaker said.


The mobile unit will be on site at the Center for Older Adults from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To make an appointment, call the Delaware General Health District Clinic at 740-203-2040.


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