The Office of Health Communications and Health Disparities

Community Education and Outreach

The Mammography Van

1 in 8 women will get breast cancer at some point in their lives. A woman has a greater chance of getting breast cancer if she has:

  • 2 or more family members with breast or ovarian cancer
  • A family history of breast cancer
  • Family members under the age of 50 who had breast cancer

The OHCHD has a mobile mammography van. The van brings breast cancer screening right into the community. This van is the only one of its kind in the Philadelphia region. The van provides an easy way for women to get their mammograms. Both employers and community groups can contact the OHCHD to schedule the mobile mammography van.

Women who receive digital mammograms can expect:
  • Images that can be viewed instantly by the technologist
  • Images that can be easily transferred electronically with no loss of image quality
  • Computer-assisted optimization that helps radiologist detect micro-calcifications that might be missed on traditional film mammograms

What is a mammogram and why is it important?

A mammogram is a type of x-ray that creates an image of the inside of the breast. This can show bad tissue within the breast that could be cancer or lead to cancer. A mammogram is important because it is one of the best ways to find breast cancer early. This increases the chance of a cure.

The mobile van uses digital mammography. Digital mammography gives very clear pictures. These pictures can be given right away to the doctors who read the images. Digital mammography can also show small growths that other types of x-rays do not find.

What Happens When You Get a Mammogram on the Van?

You will need a prescription from your doctor if you want a mammogram on the van. After we have your prescription, you will be able to get your mammogram. The mammogram is private. The entire process takes less than 15 minutes. You and your doctor will receive a result letter within 10 days. If the mammography doctor finds a serious problem, he or she will also call your main doctor. If you need extra care, you may be contacted by a patient navigator. The patient navigator will help you with the next steps.

Who can get a mammogram on the van?

A woman can get a mammogram on the van if she:

  • Is over the age of 40
  • Hasn't had a mammogram in the past year
  • Has a new prescription from her doctor
  • Gives us the name and address of at least 1 doctor that she sees
  • Has her most recent mammography films for us to compare (unless we have them here at Fox Chase Cancer Center)

A woman CANNOT have a mammogram on the van if she:

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  • Needs help getting on and off the van (the van has 3 steep steps)
  • Needs help standing for the mammogram
  • Has a new breast problem (feels a lump, skin changes, or nipple discharge)
  • Has breast implants
  • Was diagnosed with breast cancer within the past 2 years
  • Is currently being treated for breast cancer
  • Is breast feeding or has breast fed within the last 9 months

A woman can get a mammogram on the van even if she doesn't have insurance. We have several programs that can cover your costs.

Scheduling the Van

You can have the mobile mammography van come to your worksite or community group. Please contact Linda Hammell, Director of the Cancer Screening Program, at 215-728-3554 or by email at Linda.Hammell@fccc.edu to learn how to schedule the van for your group.

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Scheduling the Van

You can have the mobile mammography van come to your worksite or community group.

For more information about mobile services or to arrange a screening, contact Linda Hammell at 215-728-3554 or Linda.Hammell@Fccc.edu