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Region's Only "Mammovan" Open for Tours at Race for the Cure

PHILADELPHIA (April 3, 2004) -- The Fox Chase Cancer Center "Mammovan" will be open for tours at the Art Museum Circle during the Race for the Cure festivities this Sunday, May 9, 2004. The mobile mammography van is the region's only traveling service offering mammograms to community organizations and corporate partners.

"Our goal is to encourage women who are reluctant to schedule a screening mammography to visit our van and get a look at the mammography machine," said Linda Hammell, director of the corporate and community outreach programs. "Perhaps just seeing the equipment will help remove the fear of screening."

The van is open for tours only. No mammograms will be performed.

The mission of mobile mammography van is to provide easy and convenient mammography screenings at the worksite as a part of Fox Chase's CanPrevent program for corporate partners.

"The mobile mammography van makes it easier for women to be screened without losing time at work," said Hammell. "The convenience of workplace screening often leads to greater participation and enhanced opportunity for early detection of breast cancer. It's convenient but most importantly, annual breast cancer screening saves lives. It's the only tool to fight breast cancer in the Delaware Valley that has four wheels and an engine."

The van is also available for onsite screenings through Fox Chase's community outreach program. The van visits healthcare centers, churches, and recreation shelters to screen women in the community.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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