A mammogram uses low-energy X-rays to form a picture of the inside of the breast. The purpose is to reveal any tumors or microcalcifications in the breast tissue, which could be an early sign of an illness such as cancer. For this reason, it is extremely important for all women over the age of 50 to have regular mammograms. The purpose of mobile mammography is to make this process easier and more convenient for women, with the hope that this will increase the number of women choosing to have regular mammograms. |
When an unusual growth is found in a woman's breast, she is referred to a specialist for further diagnostic tests. If the tests show that the growth is cancerous, she will then undergo treatment. It is vital that diagnosis and treatment occur as early as possible in the development of the disease so that the patient has the best possible chance of survival.
Although the mammogram is a non-invasive and completely painless procedure, many women do not attend regular breast screenings. There is a risk that these women will develop cancer that is not detected until it is too late to treat it. Many of the women who do not have regular mammograms say that it is too inconvenient for them to attend an appointment at a hospital or clinic.
Mobile mammography offers a solution for women who don't have the time to go to hospital to have their breasts screened for cancer, as well as to those who live in rural areas and don't have reliable transport. A mobile mammography unit can travel to rural communities and set up a temporary clinic in a health clinic or store to carry out mammograms on local women. This is a more convenient option for many women, and the presence of the van containing the screening unit in the local community helps to raise awareness of the importance of regular mammograms.
Mobile mammography has an important role to play in achieving the target of providing regular mammograms to all women over 50. By increasing access to breast screening, rates of early cancer detection and cancer survival can be drastically improved.
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