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Mobile Screening Unit

In partnership with the Flyers Wives, the Fox Chase Cancer Center Mobile Screening Unit (MSU) brings cancer screening to our communities. The MSU is the only one of its kind associated with an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Delaware Valley.In partnership with the Flyers Wives, the Fox Chase Cancer Center Mobile Screening Unit (MSU) brings cancer screening to our communities. The MSU is the only one of its kind associated with an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Delaware Valley.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, in partnership with the Flyers Wives, has a Mobile Screening Unit (MSU) that brings breast and skin cancer screenings right into the community. Please note that some services require a fee.

What is a mammogram and why is it important?

A mammogram is a type of X-ray that creates an image of the inside of the breast. A mammogram is important because it is one of the best ways to find breast cancer early when it is most treatable.

The MSU uses digital mammography. Digital mammography gives very clear pictures, which can also show small growths that other types of X-rays do not find.

What happens when you get a mammogram on the MSU?

You will need a prescription from your doctor if you want a mammogram on the MSU. The mammogram is private. The entire process takes less than 15 minutes. You and your doctor will receive a result letter within 10 days. Women who require additional care will be referred to a nurse navigator to help with next steps.

Who can get a mammogram on the MSU?

A woman can get a mammogram if she meets the following criteria:

  • Is over the age of 40
  • Has not had a mammogram in the past year
  • Has a prescription from her doctor

A woman can get a mammogram on the MSU even if she doesn't have insurance. We have several programs that can cover your costs.

A woman cannot have a mammogram on the MSU if she:

  • Needs help getting on and off the van (the van has 3 steep steps)
  • Needs help standing for the mammogram (must be able to stand on her own for at least 10 minutes)
  • Has a new breast problem (feels a lump, skin changes or nipple discharge)
  • Has breast implants
  • Was diagnosed with breast cancer within the past 3 years
  • Is currently being treated for breast cancer
  • Is breast feeding or has breast fed within the last 9 months

Skin Cancer Screening

 

What happens during a skin cancer screening on the MSU?

The Community Skin Screening Program provides easy and convenient rapid skin screening for adults. A screening examination checks for disease when there are no symptoms. This is a rapid screening and not a complete exam for skin cancer. Each participant will receive a rapid skin screening by a dermatologic oncologist from Fox Chase Cancer Center Temple Health that is noninvasive, quick, and will help in identifying skin cancer and other skin changes.

 

To learn more about our community screening program, please contact Linda Hammell, Director of the Community Cancer Screening Program at 215-728-3554 or by email at linda.hammell@fccc.edu

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