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Mobile Mammography Van Unveiled in Dover

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The mobile mammography van that will travel around Delaware. (Photo: WBOC) The mobile mammography van that will travel around Delaware. (Photo: WBOC)
Equipment inside the van. (Photo: WBOC) Equipment inside the van. (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del.- For the women of the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, it's about keeping families together longer.

Vicky Cooke is executive director of the coalition and is a two-time breast cancer survivor herself.

"We have many women in our state who are unable to access standing facilities because of transportation," she said.

The Delaware Department of Public Health says African American women are more likely to die from breast cancer. Similarly, they say women with a disability or members of the LGBT community are less likely to get a mammogram.

This new van can go to them with the new exam room they have in the back.

"We will be able to do cervical screenings, pap tests, blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose screenings," said Cooke. "So it will be a women's health screening van on wheels, and we are really excited about that."

The group schedules time with big companies or organizations to sit in parking lots and offer services to the employees. Cooke says the employees then do not need to worry about getting to a facility out of town or taking time out of their work day. The group can even has translators on board the van.

"Until we have ended this disease and we know what causes it and we know what causes metastasis, what we do it so important," she said. "We don't want to take steps back, we don't want to be complacent."

Cooke says it is about serving everyone, especially the underserved population of Delaware.

Gov. Jack Markell was also at the event Tuesday. He commented that to put it simply, this is a van that will save lives.

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