St. Barnabas Hospital Making Mammograms Mobile
A Bronx hospital is taking mammograms on the road. St. Barnabas rolled out its new mammography van and the Bronx Health Fair this morning. Arlene Rivera is the specialty care manager for the new program. Screening and educating women is especially important to her since her own mother has been battling the disease.
"She's actually finishing up her last year of treatment. That basically inspired me to get involved in breast cancer awareness."
Teresa Barone is the director of clinical nursing. She says women shouldn't be afraid of the procedure, since the new digital equipment on the van makes screenings quick and painless.
"It's like, 'Are you kidding? We're done? Not for anything, it didn't hurt.' You don't feel anything, and the pictures are much better."
The mobile unit makes stops all over the Bronx, offering free breast exams to women over 40 without health insurance.