Providing Free Mammography Screenings for Orange County Residents

The Mobile Unit Photo courtesy of Orange Coast College School of Photography

The Mobile Unit
Photo courtesy of Orange Coast College School of Photography

Susan G. Komen Orange County is always looking for ways to benefit women in need in the local community and has found another way to do just that. During the month of October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Komen Orange County, in partnership with Northgate Gonzalez Markets and YWCA North Orange County, provided women with limited healthcare options a chance to get free mammography screenings and breast exams. The screenings were held in convenient, accessible locations throughout Orange County – in Buena Park, Santa Ana and Anaheim.

Komen Orange County found a unique way of bringing these free mammography screenings to women who do not have access to convenient healthcare. By partnering with Alinea Medical Imaging, we were able to debut a mobile digital mammography unit at the free screening in Anaheim on October 28.

This mobile unit is the first full service, self-contained mobile digital mammography unit in Southern California. It will be able to provide the best care possible to patients at these convenient events. By using a Hologic Selenia digital mammography machine, patients will be provided with high quality imaging that can also be found at top breast imaging centers. The mammography unit utilizes advanced digital technology, which means it will be more capable of detecting early signs of breast cancer. With this innovative technology, it will be able to provide exams for up to 50 patients in a day.

Throughout the three event locations, Komen Orange County was able to reach more than a thousand women and provided a total of 142 women with free breast health education and resources to increase early detection. Our mobile unit was again put to use today at an screening event at the Anaheim Whitehouse.

Breast exams and mammography screenings are an important part of your breast health and here at Komen Orange County, we strive to help women in our community be as healthy as possible!

Thank you to all who came out to participate in these screenings! Stay informed about other events with Komen Orange County by checking our website and following us on Facebook and Twitter @komenoc!

Upcoming Events:

November 7 – Free Mammography Screening – Anaheim White House. More information on our website

November 19 – The Cancer Legal Resource Center will be hosting our next breast health education series “What You Need to Know About Health Care Reform.” Check out more details here.

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