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Cancer Education

Staff of the Cancer Control and Prevention Program is available for small or large group presentations, community health fairs and other community events.

Promoting Breast Health

BPHC is very active in promoting breast cancer awareness and risk reduction, especially among African Americans and Latinas. We conduct breast health workshops in churches, schools, and other community settings. Using life-like breast models, the breast health program educates women about breast self-exam, dense breast tissue, cancerous lumps or non-malignant fibroids. Our health demonstrations provide a safe and supportive setting for women to talk about strategies to detect breast cancer at an early stage and learn where to seek help if necessary. We also provide materials at health fairs or larger forums. While our focus is breast health, we give attention to family and social issues affecting women’s health. ​

For breast cancer facts and figures, please call the American Cancer Society at 800-ACS-2345 or visit their website.
Mammography Van
Boston’s Mammography Van seeks to reduce breast cancer morbidity and mortality, improve access to quality care, and address health care disparities for women of color in the City of Boston. Operated by the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, in partnership with the Boston Public Health Commission, neighborhood health centers and community groups, Boston’s Mammography Van provides year round mammography screening and breast health education to priority populations including women who are low-income, elderly, immigrant, and non-English speaking.

Mammography Screenings
Mammography screenings are performed by skilled, licensed technologists and the films are interpreted by Board-certified radiologists from Dana-Farber Cancer institute—clinicians with extensive experience dedicated to mammography.

Who can use this service
The priority populations served are low-income, elderly, uninsured, speakers of languages other than English and medically underserved women who are least likely to get a mammogram otherwise. When diagnosed with breast cancer they are often diagnosed at later stages of the disease and therefore experience higher rates of breast cancer morbidity and mortality.

Since the program's inception in April 2002, the Van has provided more than 27,000 mammograms to more than 15,000 individual women in the City of Boston and surrounding towns. For more information view the Mammography Van Schedule. Pre-registration is required, medical eligibility will be checked, all forms of insurance accepted.

Boston Public Health Commission
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