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HCC mobile digital screenings go to
by Mary Helen
Hollings Cancer Center (HCC) is taking cancer prevention to the people
with its mobile health unit, and is celebrating its first year of
operation in April.
Mullen looks at images from a digital mammography.
On Feb. 20, the van will be parked at the Basic Science Building
loading dock where MUSC faculty, students and staff will be able to
receive digital mammography services.
The spacious van is equipped to perform cancer screening services
in breast, cervical, prostate, oral, skin and starting in the
summer—colorectal cancer. Mobile health teams provide education and
self-screening instruction for breast, oral and testicular cancer.
Operated by HCC Outreach Services, the van also is used to provide
on-site screening through partnerships with local employers through the
Worksite Wellness Project, said Debbie Bryant, Outreach Services
During the past year, the mobile health unit has been used to provide
screenings for employees of the Charleston Water System, Select Health
of South Carolina and the State Ports Authority.
“At Charleston Water System, we did 120 prostate screenings, and two of
them required follow up,” said Bryant, adding that Charleston Water
System plans to have the unit return to provide screenings for their
Beginning in April, the mobile unit will travel monthly during the
academic year to various Charleston County schools providing digital
mammography screening. Bryant also said that she is talking to the City
of Charleston about having the unit provide screenings for employees.
According to Bryant, the mobile unit needs to build the program
gradually to avoid being overwhelmed with requests. And it must form
partnerships with employers and other groups to help support the costs
of providing services to the underserved. “Companies are very intrigued
with this program and the van. There is no mass marketing to attract
new partners yet, but we have had companies contact us and have put us
in their budget for next year,” Bryant said.
For more information on the mobile health unit, call 792-0878.
Friday, Feb. 15, 2008
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