The Office of Health Communications and Health Disparities

Screening in the Community

Cancer Screening Matters!

Getting screened for cancer is one of the most important things you can do to keep yourself healthy. For just about all cancers, early detection means a better chance for successful treatment. In some cases, screening can also detect pre-cancerous conditions that can be treated before cancer has a chance to develop. Our educational programs emphasize the importance of following current cancer screening guidelines [link to guidelines], and screening services are available right here at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Breast Cancer Screening in the Community

Screening in the communityThe American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. It is the most common cancer that women get, not counting skin cancer. While the statistics differ for different population groups, the fact is that breast cancer does not discriminate-any woman can be affected and it is important to know one’s risk factors. Our Mobile Screening Unit (MSU) makes it easy for women to get their mammograms because it comes right to their community or place of work.

What exactly does the Mobile Screening Unit offer?

  • We are a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
  • We are members of the National Mobile Health Clinics Network
  • A 41’ x 8’ van fully equipped with the same state of the art digital mammography equipment found in the cancer center
  • Two private changing rooms
  • Fully staffed by Fox Chase medical technicians
  • Mammogram reading by highly qualified Fox Chase doctors
  • Screening results to you and your doctor within 10 business days

Participate in the Cancer Screening Program

If your company or group wants to learn more information our Cancer Screening Program, please contact Linda Hammell, Director of the Cancer Screening Program, at (215) 728-3554 or by email at


Partner With Us!

Partnerships with the communityOur Community Screening Program is so successful because we partner with organizations that understand the importance of providing breast cancer screening. These organizations include businesses, faith-based groups, housing complexes, local legislators, health centers and many others who contact us for this service. Some partners serve English-speaking women and some serve women who speak other languages. We work with each one to arrange screening dates and to make sure they understand all the requirements, including that every woman screened on the van must present a prescription for screening. Every year we add new partners while continuing to work with our long-time partners-some as long as 15 years!

If you want to learn more about our department or how you can partner with us, please contact us at 215-728-3110 or e-mail us at


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