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The Nevada Health Centers Mammovan Returns to Community Health Alliance


Removing healthcare barriers to Mammography during COVID-19

The Nevada Health Centers’ Mammovan, a mobile mammography unit, returns to Community Health Alliance’s Wells Ave. Health Center on Wednesday, Nov. 18 between 7:40 a.m. and 3:40 p.m.


Statistics show that one in every eight women in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer making it the second leading cause of death among women. Mammograms remain the best option to detect cancer early, but many women are forgoing their routine mammogram this year due to COVID-19 – and that could be a bigger risk.


“Breast cancer is one of the most treatable of cancers, if caught early,” said Colleen Petrosky, Mammovan outreach specialist. “Delaying your screening a month or two is likely okay, but not indefinitely, which many women are doing because of COVID-19.”


Imaging centers, as well as the Nevada Health Centers’ Mammovan, have precautions in place to keep patients and staff safe. They wear masks and other personal protective equipment, and they conduct COVID-19 pre-screens including temperature checks.


The Mammovan provides digital breast screenings (2D) and one of the latest screening technologies, digital breast tomosynthesis (3D or DBT). They also offer the Hologic SmartCurve, a curved paddle reducing the pinching during the exam, giving a more comfortable mammogram.


To schedule an appointment with the Mammovan at Community Health Alliance, please call Nevada Health Centers directly at 1-877-581-6266, option 1 – Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. They accept most commercial insurances, Medicare and Medicaid. For individuals that are either under-insured or uninsured, they may qualify for a “no-cost” screening due to the generosity of many foundations, organizations and donors.


WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020

TIME: 7:40 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.

WHERE: Community Health Alliance – Wells Ave. Health Center

ADDRESS: 1055 S. Wells Ave., Reno, NV 89502 | Google Map