Mobile Mammography and Breast Health Outreach Program Serves Vulnerable Communities
John Bell, MD and Director of the Cancer Institute at The University of Tennessee Medical Center launched the Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP)’s mobile mammography service in 1996. This health outreach program delivers mammogram screenings and education to women throughout 20 counties in East Tennessee.
Many of these women would not be able to afford breast health services without the help of this program. Last year, BHOP provided more than 3,500 mammograms to women throughout East Tennessee. The mobile unit visits women where they work, worship, gather, shop, and live to offer education and breast cancer screenings.
“The program was created to provide a service to women that are otherwise underserved, hoping to find breast cancers early and save lives,” says Dr. Bell.
The Breast Health Outreach Program at UT Medical Center was recently included in an article entitled “Taking it to the People: Mobile Mammography Services Bring Breast Care to Vulnerable Communities” in the October issue of ICE Magazine, a national publication from the Imaging Community Exchange. The article discusses how programs like BHOP are working to bring breast health services to communities in need with education and services that help find cancer early.
You can read the full article at this link.