WASHINGTON--The George Washington University Medical Center will
soon be providing mobile mammog-raphy services in Washington,
DC. Allan B. Weingold, MD, vice president for medical affairs,
announced the project at the Fifth Annual Jo Oberstar Memorial
Lecture, delivered by Tipper Gore, wife of Vice President Al Gore
(see box below).
The first mammography van is scheduled to begin serving DC area
neighborhoods and business districts by July, 1996. "This
is further evidence of our commitment to improving access to health
care for the citizens of the Washington metropolitan area,"
Dr. Weingold said.
The Cancer Research Foundation of America has provided a $400,000
grant to help support the project. Other sponsors and benefactors
of the project include NationsBank (the lead sponsor), Black Entertainment
Television, Bristol-Myers Squibb, The Johnson & Johnson Family
of Companies, Merck & Co, Inc, Pfizer, Inc., and Zeneca Pharmaceuticals.
"Given that Washington, DC, has the highest breast cancer
rate in the nation, I know the mobile mammography van will be
a valuable public service in the years to come," said Carolyn
Aldigé, president of the Cancer Research Foundation.
The mobile unit will bring service to communities of women who
are currently underserved, Ms. Aldigé said in an interview
with Oncology News International. An extensive education program
is planned, she said, depending on the strength of peer-based
recruitment. The resources of neighborhood public health clinics,
churches, and other community organizations will provide community
outreach. In some cases, the service will be provided free of
The mobile unit can serve more than 30 women a day, making it
possible for one van to serve 8,000 women a year. The van will
be available in residential areas and in places where women work,
during hours that will be convenient for them.