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Mammography coach on the move in coming weeks

A mammogram – an X-ray of the breast – is considered the most effective screening procedure to detect the early signs of breast cancer. While there are many ways to obtain a mammography screening, the National Witness Project and Independent Health have teamed up to make it easier and more convenient for women who live in Western New York to get tested.

The Erie County Medical Center Foundation’s mobile mammography coach will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations in the coming weeks:

Nov. 2 – Commodore Perry Housing Authority, 476 Louisiana St.

Nov. 7 – Fredrick Douglas Community Center, 234 Jefferson Ave.

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Nov. 9 – OLV Family Clinic, 227 Ridge Road, Lackawanna

Nov. 16 – Mercy Comprehensive Care Center, 397 Louisiana St.

Nov. 19 – God City Housing Apartments, 175 Pershing Ave.

Dec. 6 – St. John Towers, 865 Michigan Ave.

Dec. 7 – Walden Park Senior Complex, 101 Bakos Blvd.

The exams are open to the entire community. Those interested in registering for mobile mammography can call the Witness Project at 845-3383 or text “WITNESS” to 95577. The project is a national wellness program that provides community education to participants on the benefit of early cancer detection through stories told by breast and cervical cancer survivors in a community setting.

Independent Health members can sign up by calling the Independent Health Promotions Department from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 505-8574.

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