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Mobile Mammography Service

Women age 40 and over should have routine screening mammograms for breast cancer. The Women’s Center at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance knows it can be difficult to find the time to schedule an office exam. That’s why we offer Mobile Mammography Service, a convenient way to get the screening you need.

Our mammography van provides an alternative way to obtain a mammogram by using health clinics, stores, and other locations for on-site mammograms.

Do you have a primary care provider? If not, the UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinics have seven convenient locations and offer a full range of health care services.

To find out whether the SCCA Mobile Mammography Van will be in your area, please call (206) 288-7800, or view the MammoVan Calendar and special edition October MammoVan Calendar.

Making early detection easier

There are many reasons why women may not get regular mammograms: money, hassle, difficulty taking time away from work or family. SCCA's state-of-the-art mobile digital mammography van, donated by Safeway, will provide a convenient option and aims to increase early cancer detection.

"The goal is to remove the barriers preventing women from having screening mammograms," says Dr. Connie Lehman, Director of Breast Imaging at SCCA, pictured at left with Safeway Chief Executive Steve Burd. Dr. Lehman notes that women in Washington State have the highest rate of breast cancer in the country.

Read the Seattle Times article on the SCCA Mobile Digital Mammography Van.

The value of screening

Between 1987 and 2000, the percentage of 40 year-old women in the U.S. who reported having a mammogram in the previous two years increased dramatically from 39.1 percent to 70.1 percent and already exceeded the Healthy People 2010 target of 70 percent.

The increase in the use of mammography over time has made early detection of breast cancer more common and has helped reduce mortality from this disease.

Despite the great success of mammography in detecting breast cancer early, recent articles in the popular press now suggest a decline in the rates of mammography use, which may lead to a future increase in mortality from breast cancer, which is something no one would like to see.

If you are 40 years old or older and haven’t had a mammogram lately, schedule your screening today by calling 206-288-7800.

The SCCA advantage

A mammogram is a non-invasive X-ray of the breast that allows doctors to find cancer at its earliest, most curable stages. Early detection is so important to us that we provide the Pacific Northwest’s only all-digital mammography program and the only one with radiologists specially trained in breast imaging to interpret every exam.

These digital mammograms combined with specialized radiologists detect more cancers than conventional film exams interpreted by general radiologists. You will have the peace of mind knowing that you received the most comprehensive and highest quality screening available. Should you need additional tests or treatment, SCCA’s Women’s Center provides the full spectrum of breast care diagnosis and treatment.

Our physicians are breast specialists on the faculty of the University of Washington School of Medicine and members of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. That means you are being cared for by experts considered among the best in their field. Other services After your mammogram, if additional tests are needed, you will receive them at the SCCA Breast Imaging Clinic, which is conveniently located at the SCCA Clinic on South Lake Union.

If SCCA is not convenient for you, we’ve created a list of Approved Mammography Locations in King, Thurston, and Snohomish Counties.

For more information, or to schedule an exam, please call 206-288-7800.

UPDATED 10-30-2014   MammoVan Web Calendar (264kb)

09-11-2014   Special Edition October MammoVan Calendar (288kb)

08-29-2013   SCCA Digital Mobile Mammography Brochure & FAQ (254kb)

08-29-2013   SCCA Digital Mobile Mammography Brochure & FAQ (Spanish) (181kb)