Sadly, one in eight women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. Of more than 123,000 women in a 60-mile radius of HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals who are eligible for mammography screenings, fewer than 25 percent are anticipated to receive those screenings.
A mobile mammography bus is the best way to provide advanced imaging to women who may not have the opportunity to travel for this type of service, especially those who live in rural areas.
HSHS hospitals in Green Bay, Sheboygan and Oconto Falls, in partnership with Prevea Health in those communities, have been providing mobile mammography services since 2018. It’s the goal of the western Wisconsin division of HSHS, which includes HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals, to bring a similar life-saving bus to our communities in western Wisconsin permanently. This will be accomplished through the HSHS Sacred Heart Foundation and HSHS St. Joseph’s Foundation, which have begun raising support for this important project.
Later this month, community members will have the chance to tour the mammography bus from eastern Wisconsin as it makes its way to visit the communities of Rice Lake, Ladysmith, Cornell, Menomonie, Mondovi and Arcadia.
The goal of the two hospitals’ foundations is to fund the purchase of a similar mobile mammography bus in 2020 and begin offering mobile mammography services at Prevea Health clinics in rural areas of western Wisconsin.
“Early detection continues to be the best defense against breast cancer,” said Ken Brown, director of imaging services for HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals. “The ability to take this technology to women outside of the medical facility and to their location will increase the opportunity for women to access screening mammograms easily.”
Community members are encouraged to check out the mobile mammography bus at the dates and times below:
Cornell: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Cornell Area Care Center, 320 North 7th Street, Cornell
Ladysmith: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Prevea Ladysmith Health Center, 1101 Lake Avenue West, Ladysmith
Chippewa Falls: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Prevea Chippewa Falls Health Center, 2509 County Highway I,
Rice Lake: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Prevea Rice Lake Health Center, 1051 West Avenue, Rice Lake
Menomonie: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Cardinal Glass, 2200 Stokke Parkway, Menomonie
Mondovi: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Prevea Mondovi Health Center, 250 State Road 37, Mondovi
Arcadia: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Prevea Arcadia Health Center, 945 Dettloff Drive, Arcadia