November 15, 2016
Digital Mammography Coach in Surrey!
Digital Mammography Coach to Visit Indo-Canadian Seniors Centre in Surrey - November 18 & 19, 2016
The Screening Mammography Program’s digital mammography coach will be making a special visit to the Indo-Canadian Senior’s Centre (7050 - 120 Street, Surrey, BC) on November 18-19, 2016. BC women between the ages of 40-74 with a primary care provider (doctor, nurse practitioner or naturopath) can book a screening for this mobile mammography visit by contacting Ritu Guglani at 778-387-3056 or 778-578-8494. A doctor’s referral is not required.
In this state-of-the-art vehicle, women are able to step onto the mobile coach and have their screening mammogram right in the coach, making for a more comfortable and private experience. They have a reception area, dressing area, and mammography examination room. The vehicles are also equipped with a wheelchair lift.
About 1 in 9 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Regular screening mammograms can find breast cancer early, usually before it has spread. Research has shown a 25% reduction in deaths amongst women who screening regularly.
Breast Cancer Survivors Encourage Women to Get Regular Mammograms
Two British Columbian women, Donna Bell and Johnna Sparrow-Crawford, come from different backgrounds and communities. But they share a similar message and story about the importance of breast screening for women in the province.
Donna Bell’s initial reaction after a mammogram discovered her breast cancer was one of disbelief.
“When I learned that I had cancer, it’s such a shock,” reflects Donna. “This can’t be real.”
This initial shock quickly gave way to a determined desire to overcome the disease. She credits a positive outlook, along with the steadfast support of her family and friends, in helping her get through her breast cancer treatments. Today, Donna’s cancer is in remission and she is part of an active group of breast cancer survivors that compete together as Dragon Boat team on the Sunshine Coast.
She has a very clear message regarding the important of screening: “I just feel so grateful that I had my mammogram. I can’t express how important it is. Early detection is so critical. The single most important thing I can say about getting a mammogram is: It can save your life.”
For Johnna Sparrow-Crawford, a busy mother of four, a hectic schedule made having regular mammograms a struggle: “Before I had my mammogram my life was extremely busy. I made the mistake of not having my mammogram for a couple of years.”
When the Screening Mammography Program’s mobile unit came to her community, a community health nurse encouraged her to not put it off any further.
“My life changed forever because of that mammogram,” Johnna says.
Now healthy after successful treatment, she encourages eligible women across the province that regular mammograms are important, no matter how busy life gets: “As mothers, as sisters, as grand-daughters, as daughters, it’s our responsibility to take care of our health”.
Mammography Coach to Visit Surrey Women's Centre - January 4, 2017
In case you miss it, the coach is also coming to Surrey Women's Centre on January 4, 2016! Don't forget to book your free PAP and STI screening at the same time.