North Metro Fire Rescue District is teaming up with St. Joseph Hospital to offer convenient breast cancer screenings to women by bringing the hospital’s mammography van to Broomfield on Nov. 1.
Women, ages 40 and older, are invited to have their mammogram conducted in the mobile unit, which will be parked at Broomfield Health and Human Services (100 Spader Way). The mobile mammography van will be on site from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Exams take less than 20 minutes and are conducted by St. Joseph’s trained specialists and breast radiologists. The mammography van includes some of the latest technology in imaging, including 3D digital mammography and breast density measurement, which make getting a mammogram easier while producing more accurate diagnostic results.
“Prevention and early detection are a woman’s best chance against cancer. Our goal for this community event is to help detect potential cancer risks through the screening and to provide important health education to residents,” explained Pam Kutchen, Life Safety Education Officer for North Metro Fire.
In order to receive a mammogram, women should contact St. Joseph’s at (303) 689-4595 to schedule an appointment and review a list of qualifications.
The Saint Joseph Hospital Mobile Mammography Van accepts most commercial insurance plans with the exception of Kaiser Permanente. Those members may get a mammogram at the Kaiser Permanente Breast Center. In the majority of cases, insurance will cover 100% of the screening without co-pay; however, coverage can vary. In the event that a woman does not have insurance coverage, Saint Joseph Hospital also offers affordable self-pay options.
According to the National Cancer Institute, breast cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in women.