Mobile Mammography

Requested by:  Amanda Key and Dina Porter

Total Cost:  $1,250          Installed:  May and September 2016

The Wyoming Community Foundation’s local board for Sublette County awarded a grant to the Rural Health Foundation of Sublette County (RHF) in the amount of $1,250 to be used for Mobile Mammography, also called the Mammovan.  The award was made possible through the Upper Green River Sustainable Communities Endowment Fund.  Funding covers the $250/day fee for contracting mobile mammography to provide local access to breast cancer screening.  Days reserved for 2016 are 05/18/2016, 09/06/2016 and 09/07/2016 in Pinedale and 05/19/2016 and 09/08/2016 in Marbleton/Big Piney.

The American Cancer Society recommends women ages 40 or older be screened for breast cancer annually for early detection, but our remote location makes it a challenge for many to receive these services. In 2010, almost 65% of Sublette County women received mammography screenings.  However, the Mammovan stopped coming and by 2012 screening rates had dropped to 47.7%, lower than WY’s 57.9% and the country’s best at 71.7%. This indicated a direct correlation to removing access. The supplier’s screening mammography program is accredited by the American College of Radiology and certified by the FDA.  Patients receive quality, specialized care in a comfortable and private environment. This state-of-the-art screening center is staffed by certified mammography technologists, and includes registration and waiting areas, private dressing rooms and exam room. Screening mammograms are carefully evaluated by a board certified radiologist who specializes in breast imaging.

40 women in Pinedale and 31 in Marbleton/Big Piney were screened during the 4 days the Mammovan came to town in 2015. Of those screened 6, or 8.5% of those women were referred for further testing, diagnostic mammograms and ultrasounds. By adding a fifth day we hope to increase outreach by 25%, adding 18 women for a total of 89. To help achieve this goal, the Sublette County Rural Health Care District and Wyoming Cancer Resource Services have committed to increase outreach and for this important, life saving screening. Under the Affordable Care Act, women’s preventative services such as mammograms are now covered by most health plans. We believe that this factor along with targeted education and local access should help us achieve our outcome goals.  There are still available slots.   Call 307-367-4133 to make an appointment.

This project was successful in large part due to RHF partners Amanda Key, Pinedale Site Administrator for the Sublette County Rural Health Care District and Dina Porter, Program Manager for Wyoming Cancer Resource Services who provides education, research and outreach support.