Local “Mammovan” provides free screenings to an underserved population
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 13, 2015
Contact: Lisa Berry
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A mobile mammography unit dubbed the “Mammovan,” operated by the Medical Faculty Associates of George Washington University’s Breast Cancer Center, will be visiting Springfield, VA on Tuesday, July 14. This program, funded in part by the Prevent Cancer Foundation, has been providing women in the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia communities with mammography screenings since its inception in 1996. Funding to purchase the Mammovan in 1995 and a subsequent one in 2005 was provided by the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
The Prevent Cancer Foundation and the GW Breast Cancer Center are dedicated to increasing access to mammography services among minorities, the medically underserved and the uninsured. The program also ensures that those who receive abnormal results receive follow-up diagnoses and treatment, regardless of their ability to pay. In the past 18 years, the Mammovan has provided 40,000 screenings and has diagnosed 129 breast cancer cases.
“Annually, more than 230,000 women are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer,” said Carolyn Aldigé, President and Founder of the Prevent Cancer Foundation. “Changing this statistic starts with giving more women access to the preventive and early detection services that are essential to saving their lives.”
Please note: All screening appointments are currently filled. This event is not open to the public. Media will be allowed access with press credentials only.
WHAT: Mobile Mammography Unit
WHEN: Tuesday, July 14
9:30 am – 11:00 am
Screenings will take place all day. If you can’t make that time block, please contact Lisa Berry above.
WHERE: Springfield/Franconia Family Resource Center
7224 Commerce Street
Springfield, VA 22150
About the Prevent Cancer Foundation:
The mission of the Prevent Cancer Foundation is to save lives through cancer prevention and early detection. Founded in 1985, the Foundation has provided more than $137 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education, advocacy and outreach nationwide. For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org.