Mobile mammography unit heads to Maskwacis in September

Women aged 50 to 74 in Maskwacis will have access to a mobile mammography service in September.

Women aged 50 to 74 in Maskwacis will have access to mammography services in September.

As part of Alberta Health Services (AHS) screen test program a mobile unit will set up at the Maskwacis Community Health Centre from Tuesday, Sept. 6 to 9.

Tests are conducted using a mammogram X-ray of the breasts and is proven as an effective way to detect breast cancer, states an AHS press release. Typically the mammogram takes 10 minutes to complete and if further tests are needed a healthcare provider will make the recommendation.

Regardless of family history, AHS recommends a check up as one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime.

Information from AHS:

Knowing what is normal This is what you can do on your own to check for changes in your breasts. After all, no one knows your own body as well as you do, so see your healthcare provider right away if you notice:

A lump in your breast or armpit

A nipple that is turned inward, if it isn’t usually

Crusting, bleeding or a rash on your nipple

Nipple discharge

Dimpling or thickening of the skin in one area of your breast

Residents can book an appointment or learn more about the program by calling toll-free 1-800-667-0604 or appointments can also be made through local community health nurses directly by calling 780-585-2022.


Just Posted

Ponoka barrel racer looks to strong future

Shayna Weir’s climb to CFR promises more to come for the barrel racer

Naked man arrested for impaired driving

The man allegedly fled the scene of a collision wearing only a sheet. Plus other Ponoka RCMP briefs

Ponoka Legion commemorates 100th anniversary of Armistice Day

Ponoka residents pack Legion hall during Remembrance Day

Ponoka Secondary Campus alumni provides example of how to remember those who were lost

School’s annual Remembrance Day ceremony focuses on 100th anniversary of WWI armistace

Students at St. Augustine honour fallen Ponoka soldiers

The school’s Remembrance Day ceremony recognized the sacrifices of past soldiers

VIDEO: People with diabetes meet their alert dogs

A diabetic alert dog is trained to detect low blood sugar in people who have Type 1 diabetes

Central Alberta under snowfall warning

10-15 cm expected to have fallen by Friday morning

Roy Clark, country singer, ‘Hee Haw’ star, has died

Guitar virtuoso died because of complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Okla. He was 85.

Tinder sex assault suspect charged; additional alleged victims sought

Vincent Noseworthy of Alberta is accused of aggravated sexual assault, unlawful confinement and more

Rimbey cops zero in on chop-shop operation

Individuals charged to appear in Rimbey court Dec. 7

Children’s strawberry-flavoured medicines recalled due to faulty safety cap

Three different acetaminophen syrups part of nationwide recall

Trudeau pushes for more Saudi accountability in Khashoggi killing

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada is still seeking clear answers from Saudi Arabia about what happened to Jamal Khashoggi

PHOTOS: Bald eagle spotted west of Ponoka

This bald eagle sits serenely in a field west of Ponoka near Gull Lake

School bullying video shows how people with disabilities are devalued: advocates

Brett Corbett, who has cerebral palsy, is seen in a video being stepped while lying in water

Most Read