The City of Salt Lake – The Huntsman Cancer Institute presented its first mobile screening clinic aimed at providing prevention services to undetected communities in Utah.
"We didn't want the patient to feel as if they were getting on a bus. We wanted to feel that we were bringing the experience of the hunters," says Linet Phillips, Huntsman's mobile screening program manager.
The bus parked for its debut at the Urban Indian Salt Lake Center, where the bus will soon stop again for an upcoming health fair.
Clinic attendance at a health fair will reduce "anxiety for many who have reservations about I lost my father to fat cancer and by the age of 50, I was inclined to go for screening, "says Mo Smith, executive director of the Center for Urban Indians.
" But educating and creating more awareness about it and how to prevent it is key … There is a lot of fears, a lot of paranoia, anxiety, but the availability of mobile screening here on Native (in the center), which makes it a little more accessible. . "
The institute also plans to take the bus to other metropolitan areas, businesses, rural communities and health centers across the country in hopes of providing services to many who would not normally seek them, said Don Milligan, director of outreach and education. business development at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
Mary Beckerle, executive director of the institute, said: "We want to ensure that we serve the people of Utah throughout Utah and beyond. "
She said that up to half of cancer cases can be prevented if detected early. Initially, the bus will provide breast and melanoma cancer screening, two of the state's biggest needs.
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"Unfortunately, Utah has long been listed as one of the lowest cancer screening rates of the breast in the United States. We need to change that. "
The 44-foot-tall custom RV contains a state-of-the-art 3D screening system for mammograms and other equipment," just like we have in our hospital, "Milligan said.
The interior of the RV is designed to look like the building of the Cancer Hunters Institute with wooden details and a raised ceiling.
It will be equipped with three clinical technicians when on the road, including a mammogram technologist who will take pictures and send them back to the hospital to be read by a radiologist specializing in breast cancer medicine Another bus provider will provide skin cancer checks
The cost of visiting a mobile clinic will be comparable to the cost of screening for cancer in every doctor's office or hospital, but the institute partners with the state to provide vouchers for those who cannot afford mammograms.
The clinic can provide 20 mammograms and 20 skin cancer screenings per day. Some days he will provide both services and others he will provide one or the other, depending on the needs of the community he visits, Milligan said.
The bus is fully funded by the Huntsman Cancer Institute, he added.
"This is a huge need. For many people who are uninsured, this is a huge barrier to the cost of getting cancer screening services. So this will be a really great opportunity to give people a chance, "says Ryan Ward, director of the Wellness Program at the Urban Indian Center.
" I'm glad we will reach out to communities and reduce cancer. I'd like to get us out of work. I would just like to get rid of cancer completely, "said the director of the mobile program. Phillips added that the project has been working for years and crews started working on the bus more than a year ago." It takes many people to get something like this together, and a lot of effort. "
Shelley Smith, program coordinator for the Utah Cancer Program, said," We've seen in the communities that it's really difficult for women to have more than one meeting. So if we can have them, we gather to do everything in one day at a certain time, then he overcomes the hymn transport, childcare, and work schedules. "
" Overcoming many barriers that have been found within the community, "she added.