Sandy church to host mammography van Sept. 22
In an effort to make mammograms more accessible, the Sandy Seventh-day Adventist Church will host the Oregon Health & Science University mobile mammography van at the church again on Thursday, Sept. 22.
Walk-ins are not offered, so people must schedule appointments in advance. Call or text Tami Beaty at 503-698-4622 for details or to schedule an appointment for a routine screening mammogram.
"I am a breast cancer survivor so, for me, (this service) is very personal," Beaty told Pamplin Media Group in a previous interview. "I know how important it is to catch breast cancer early. I've had friends and family who've also had breast cancer, and my grandmother actually died from breast cancer. My survivability rate and treatment was so much easier with stage one (cancer)."
Beaty added that she finds it even more important to make mammograms accessible in places like Sandy, keeping people from having to commute to services.
"If something is right here in Sandy, those with transportation issues don't have to drive into Portland," Beaty said.
Most health insurance is accepted including the Oregon Health Plan, Screenwise, Project Access, Medicare, but excluding Kaiser insurance. Without insurance, the service is $175. Those intending to make an appointment should also have a primary care provider so the results of their mammography can be forwarded.
Mammograms are typically recommended for people over 40, but those with a history of breast cancer in their families between the ages of 35-39 who are interested in receiving mammography services should contact their insurance companies about coverage. Other conditions of receiving an appointment are as follows:
The mobile mammography program offers 3-D imaging in a private setting, including private dressing rooms.
"I hope to get women to be thinking and get checked every year," Beaty said.
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