Rural women to benefit from screening

Women in rural and remote areas, such as Soda Creek First Nation, will have access to breast cancer screening in their own communities.

  • Feb. 4, 2016 3:00 p.m.

Women in rural and remote areas, such as Soda Creek First Nation,  will have access to breast cancer screening in their own communities.

This week the BC Cancer Agency launched two new digital screening mammography vehicles destined for communities from Maple Ridge to Merritt and Osoyoos to Soda Creek.

“These large, comfortable coaches feature the latest technology and provide access to breast cancer screening for B.C. women in remote and rural communities,” the BC Health Authority said in a press release.

The BC Cancer Agency mobile mammography service is the first of its kind in Canada to use wireless cellular data to send the images through a secure VPN tunnel from the mobile unit to the reading centre, ensuring greater efficiency of the service.

Eligible women can use the clinic locator at www.screeningbc.ca/breast to either find a year-round fixed location near them, or view the schedule for the mobile mammography service in their area.