Upstate University Hospital’s mobile mammography unit is back on the road, helping women across the state get screened for breast cancer.
“It’s the same equipment that we use at our fixed sites” says Program Manager Wendy Hunt. “Your images are all read by Upstate radiologists who specialize in women’s imaging.”
The unit – a 45-foot-long RV-type vehicle – travels through 8 New York counties, including Onondaga, Oswego, Oneida, Madison, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence. Specialized equipment on board helps provide women high quality 3D imaging, and everyone working is an employee of Upstate University Hospital.
It makes getting a mammogram easy, especially for women who may not be able to get to a fixed screening site like a doctor’s office, imaging center or hospital.
Some upcoming stops include:
- Monday, 4/5/2021 – 10 am to 3 pm – Hamilton Public Library, 20 Payne St., Hamilton
- Tuesday, 4/6/2021 – 10 am to 3 pm – Brewerton Fire Department, 9625 Brewerton Rd, Brewerton
- Thursday, 4/8/2021 – 10 am to 3 pm – Dolgeville Big M, 15 Lamberson St., Dolgeville
- Friday, 4/9/2021 – 10 am to 3 pm – Bridgeport Fire Department, 427 NY-31, Bridgeport
- Monday, 4/12/2021 – 10 am to 3 pm – The Medicine Place, 464 Main St., Phoenix
- Wednesday, 4/14/2021 – 10 am to 3 pm – Tops Friendly Markets, 217 Erie Blvd W, Rome
- Friday, 4/16/2021 – 9 am to 3 pm — Green Hills Farms, 5933 South Salina Street, Syracuse
“Most societies recommend starting at the age of 40 or soon after and then having an annual mammogram every year or having a mammogram every two years based on a patient’s individual level of risk” says Ranjna Sharma, MD, medical director for the Upstate Breast Cancer Program and Chief of Breast Surgery at Upstate.
Dr. Sharma says patients younger than 40 may also be in need regular mammograms, depending on family history and any symptoms that may appear. Any women with concerns should speak with their personal doctor.
Some signs of breast cancer to watch for include:
- A new or growing mass
- Change in skin color or texture
- New nipple discharge, retraction or inversion