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Erie County Medical Center Increases Breast Cancer Screening

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women and, if detected early, one of the most treatable. Since mammography is the most effective breast cancer screening tool, Erie County Medical Center invested in a mammography coach that serves as a mobile breast health clinic. The coach is equipped with two state-of-the-art, full-field digital mammography systems that provide fast, accurate, and exceptional image quality. Two certified mammography technologists conduct the mammograms which are read by a board certified radiologist who specializes in women's imaging.

The mobile mammography coach goes out into the community and visits inner city churches, community centers, healthcare facilities, and public events. It is also part of a system of care in patient-centered medical homes. As a result of this outreach effort, more than 1,400 Western New York women have been screened for breast cancer, most of whom probably would not have otherwise received mammograms. Out of 1,410 exams, 110 women were flagged for secondary exams, and those tests detected breast cancer in two patients.