An estimated 252, 710 new cases of invasive breast cancer have been diagnosed in women in 2017, and 2,470 cases have been diagnosed in men, according to the American Cancer Society. Breast cancer is typically detected during a screen-ing before symptoms have developed. Self-breast exams, gynecological visits, and mammograms are very important in helping physicians detect masses in breasts. Early detection is one of the many reasons some have survived the disease.
In light of the importance of early detection, Spring Creek Senior Partners (SCSP) encourages all of its members to visit their doctors and receive mammograms and/or colon checks. For some people the cost of seeing a doctor is too expensive, so SCSP invited the ScanVan Mobile Mammography to visit the Spring Creek Towers’ (SCT) community.
On August 3rd, the ScanVan was parked inside of the G5 Loop from about 9 am till 3pm, where they saw dozens of SCT residents. Founded by Project Renewal, ScanVan is the country’s first mo-bile mammography and radiology clinic for homeless and uninsured adults. SCSP made sure to make this program available to residents who are 40 years old or older.
The ScanVan provides clinical breast exams, mammograms, tuberculosis (TB) tests, and health education to homeless and low-income men and women. Like any other visit to the doctor the procedure is the same, a patient fills out some paper work and then the mammographer performs a breast exam, which is then followed by the mammogram.
Hortense Brown moved into SCT in January, and since then she has enjoyed the various healthcare seminars provided by SCSP. She knew SCSP was hosting the ScanVan earlier this month, so she decided to give it a try. “It’s my first time having a mammogram in a mobile bus, but it was just like visiting the doctor’s office. I think it’s an excellent idea to have the ScanVan available just outside our backdoor,” Brown said.
The ScanVan is a hulking vehicle, and that’s because there are two mammogram machines, two patient rooms (where doctors and nurses speak to patients) and a small waiting area. The ScanVan is truly a doctor’s office and radiology clinic on wheels.
Cindy Heller, a Mammographer, has been working for Project Renewal for over 30 years. She prides herself on her ability to reach more people in need by driving into their communities with the ScanVan. “I think the ScanVan is the best; we travel to different places and meet so many nice people. Getting a mammogram is important, and we are taking it one step further to help people by bringing the ScanVan to their neighborhood,” Heller said.
For updates as to the next healthcare seminar or visit from the ScanVan check out SCSP column on page 7 for updates or call 718-348-7620.
Photos by Amanda Moses