Appointments are now being accepted for Screen Test, a mobile mammography service being stationed at the Cochrane Urgent Care Centre from Sept. 9 to 17.

Women ages 50 to 74, the group most at risk of developing breast cancer,  will have local access to mammography services Sept. 9-10 and 12 to 17. Appointments can be booked by calling toll-free 1-800-667-0604. Because of COVID precautions, walk-ins are not being accepted.

Screen Test has improved access to cancer screening for thousands of women in Alberta communities where mammography is not readily available.

Chidinma Okoli, a Screen Test health promotion facilitator, says routine mammograms have proven to be the most effective way to detect breast cancer.

"At this stage, there are more treatment options and the individual has a better chance of survival and a better health outcome," she explains.

She says an appointment takes about 20 minutes in total, 10 minutes for the cleaning and the other 10 minutes for registration and Q&A.

Results will be available within two weeks and are provided to the individual as well as the health care provider.

Due to COVID-19, Screen Test is taking a number of precautions to ensure the safety of clients and staff. A mask will be provided to wear in the mobile unit and within the trailer, there is a plexiglass barrier, social distancing is being practiced, and enhanced cleaning.

Volunteers arent being accepted and only the technologist and the individual receiving the mammogram will be present.

Okoli recommends people book early to ensure they get a convenient appointment time.

You can also visit here for more information and a complete listing of Screen Test mobile sites.

Screen TestThe mobile trailer will be stationed at the Cochrane Urgen Care Centre.