Women between the ages of 50 and 74 will have access to a mobile mammography service arriving in Fort Saskatchewan this May.

A mammogram is one of the most effective ways to detect breast cancer. Early detection helps increase chances of survival and allows for greater treatment options.

Mammograms are not readily available in many communities in Alberta; the mobile trailer will make cancer screening more accessible for hundreds of Albertan women.

"For communities that don't have clinics providing [mammography screenings], that is where the mobile trailers travel to," said Chidinma Okoli, health promotion facilitator at Screen Test.

The trailer will be stationed at the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital from May 19 to 21. There are also trailers coming to Gibbons, Alexander First Nation, and Morinville at the following locations:

  • Gibbons: Gibbons Cultural Centre, May 6 & 7
  • Alexander First Nation: Alexander First Nation Alexander Health Services, May 12
  • Morinville: Morinville Clinic at 9523 100 Street, May 13, 16, 17 & 18

Appointments are required and can be made by calling 1-800-667-0604. You can also visit here for more information.