Mobile facility offers breast cancer screenings, cervical cancer screenings, and tests for blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol to low-income, uninsured or underinsured women throughout the state

State Sen. Stephanie Hansen of Middletown toured the Delaware Division of Public Health’s (DPH) Women’s Mobile Health Screening Van while it was stationed outside Westside Family Healthcare in Bear on Monday.

DPH provides funding to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition to operate and staff the year-round efforts of the mobile screening van in partnership with Beebe Medical Center.

The mobile screening van brings breast and cervical screenings to Delawareans in their own communities and also offers blood pressure screenings, cholesterol, glucose testing, and information on healthy lifestyles. Translation services in Spanish and Haitian-Creole are available as needed.

Sen. Hansen said she was eager to tour the women’s health unit which primarily screens low-income, uninsured or underinsured women throughout the state. In fiscal year 2017 the Breast Cancer Coalition completed 1,005 mammogram screenings on the van. Of women screened, over 85 percent were considered low income (under 250 percent of the federal poverty line).

“It’s absolutely critical that we increase awareness and access to preventive care like mammograms, both from an individual quality-of-life perspective and to help control our health care costs as a society,” said Sen. Hansen. “Improving access is a real challenge in many communities across the state, some of which are miles from the nearest doctor's office. Making cancer screenings a mobile service is a huge step in bridging that gap, and I applaud the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition for going above and beyond."

Women ages 40 and older who are interested in scheduling a breast or cervical screening should contact the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition at 1-888-672-9647 to schedule their appointment. The screening schedule is also available on the Coalition’s website: http://debreastcancer.org/programs/womens_mobile_health_screening.

Women who are uninsured or underinsured may be eligible for a free screening through the DPH Screening for Life program.