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Deaconess making mammograms easier with mobile breast center

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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

Getting a yearly mammogram can be the first way to detect cancer, and potentially save your life.

That's why the Deaconess Health System is trying to make the process of getting one easier with the Deaconess Mobile Breast Center. It's the first on-the-go breast center in Southern Indiana to offer 3D mammography.

The mobile breast center visits Deaconess clinics, area businesses, schools, churches, and more. How it works is employees of the business their visiting, or patients, can make an appointment. 

You'll register your insurance, but if you don't have any, they also have financial advisers to help. 

Stephanie Allen, the mammographer for Deaconess mobile unit, says it only takes 15 minutes to get your mammogram, and then after, you go back to work. She says she's seeing more people get mammograms than before, thanks to this new technology. 

"There's a lot of people out there who don't want to take the time to come to the main hospital for a lack of time and resources, so we go to them and they've really appreciated it," said Allen. "Especially the further out, the more they appreciate it. Sometimes they're elderly and can't travel as well. They have trouble with parking and things like that. We've found they really appreciate us going to them and they're more compliant with their screening mammograms."

Allen says things really started picking up in October for Breast Cancer awareness month, and they're pretty much booked through the end of the year.

They do accept walk-ins though.

After you get your mammogram, Allen says you can access your results within 24 hours. 

For those who can't afford the mammogram, Deaconess has more than $100,000  in grants to those in need.

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