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Novant Offers Mammogram Screenings on the Go

By Mary Rosenthol April 4, 2014 2:00 pm

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PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. – The Novant Health Mobile Mammagraphy unit made its debut Thursday at the George Mason University Health Expo.  The expo was held on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus outside Manassas.

The mammography staff offered tours of the until, a 42-foot Winnebago filled with the latest technology and set up to operate as an onsite testing suite.

“Our goal is to serve the community; from business and corporate health to on site testing at community events,” said Kim Golanski, Marketing and Public Relations Novant Health. “Today is our introduction to the community and we plan to do on site mammography at the Manassas Spring Clean on April 19.

Mammography is available for women who are over 40, have no symptoms of breast cancer and have seen a doctor in the past two years. A doctor’s prescription is not necessary.

Novant Health team accepts insurance and can work out low cost options for those who need it explained Amy Newcomb, a mammographer with Novant. Staff will do the mammogram and send it to a radiologist at Novant’s Prince William Medical Center in Manassas for review. Then, a copy of the results from the test will be mailed to the patient’s doctor and a summary letter will go to the patient explaining the results.

“Our goal is to reach a population who would not other wise be served,” Newcomb said. “This mammogram is for screening and additional testing may be needed if something is found.”

According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and the cure rate for many types of breast cancer is 90%. To pre-register for an appointment with the mammography unit cal 703-369-8073. Pre-registration takes about 15 minutes. For information on financial assistance call (703) 369-8020.

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