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On the road again: Upstate's Mobile Mammography Unit to crisscross the area offering appointments for mammograms

The Upstate Mobile Mammography Program is kicking off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with screening events to help women get up to date with their mammograms. The van, funded by Health Research Inc. and the State of New York, is a service of Upstate University Hospital.

“The COVID-19 pandemic caused many women to put off routine medical care, including breast cancer screening. Our mobile mammography van is taking safety measures to keep patients safe and to get women back in for their mammograms. Getting a mammogram regularly is the best way to find breast cancer early, when it may be easiest to treat,” said Ranjna Sharma, MD, section chief of breast surgery at Upstate.

The Upstate Mobile Mammography Program is holding the following events:

Oct. 4 at The Town of Denmark Offices; 3707 Roberts Rd., Carthage.

Oct. 5 at Tops Market in Rome; 217 Erie Blvd., Rome.

Oct. 13 at CNY Uniforms Plus; 664 Burnet Ave., Syracuse.

Oct. 14 at Canton Woods Senior Center; 76 Canton St., Baldwinsville.

Oct. 15 at Marcellus Free Library; 32 Maple St., Marcellus.

Oct. 19 at Hamilton Public Library; 13 Broad St., Hamilton.

Oct. 20 at Café Sankofa Cooperative; 2323 S. Salina St., Syracuse.

Oct. 21 at New Hartford Public Library; 2 Library Lane, New Hartford.

Oct. 22 at The Medicine Place; 464 Main St., Phoenix.

Oct. 26, 27 at Town of Webb; 183 Park Ave., Old Forge.

The Upstate Mammogram van serves women age 40 years and older, with or without insurance. A mobile mammography van is a great option for women who prefer to get a mammogram in a location other than a hospital or breast screening center. The van has the same state-of-the-art screening technology found in a clinic setting and images are read by licensed radiologists. The van has a reception area, a changing area, a nursing exam room, and an imaging room.

“Transportation, lack of insurance and cost are major barriers to breast cancer screening. Upstate’s Mammogram Van addresses these problems by partnering with local establishments that are centrally located and easy to get to. Our van also works with programs that can help women without insurance, who meet the age and income eligibility criteria, to get screened at no cost,” said Sharma.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in New York state. Each year, nearly 16,000 women in New York are newly diagnosed with breast cancer and about 2,500 die from the disease.

Call 315-464-2582, or visit us at www.upstate.edu/noexcuses for more information or to request an appointment.


The Mammogram van at a stop on the St. Lawrence University campus in Canton.