Mobile Mammogram Screenings Coming to Downingtown Library on May 2

West Chester, PA (April 2, 2024) –To help more women access breast cancer detection services, state Senator Carolyn Comitta and state Representative Danielle Friel Otten are partnering with Fox Chase Cancer Center to offer mobile mammography screenings at Downingtown Library on Thursday, May 2nd

“Since many women do not experience symptoms at the onset of breast cancer, early detection is critical to saving lives,” Comitta said. “I am proud to partner with Rep. Otten to bring mobile mammograms directly to our community. By making screenings easier, more convenient and more accessible for our neighbors, we hope more women will not only get mammograms, but also commit to getting them every year.”

About 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime and it is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. However, when detected early and in the localized stage, the 5-year survival rate is 99%. 

“An annual mammogram screening remains one of the easiest steps women age 40 and above can take to prioritize their health and detect breast cancer as early as possible,” Otten said. “Early detection often means a better prognosis and less extensive treatment. Women’s Health Month serves as an essential reminder to empower women to make healthy decisions for themselves and inspire those around them. I am proud to partner with Senator Comitta to bring this essential, life-saving service to our community.” 

Since routine mammography screenings became a standard recommendation over 30 years ago, there has been a 20-30% reduction in breast cancer-related deaths.  

The event is open to women age 40 and older by appointment. Interested attendees must have a prescription from a physician. To schedule an appointment call Fox Chase Cancer Center at (215) 214-1682. 

The Downingtown Library is located at 122 Wallace Avenue, Downingtown, PA 19335.