Mammogram Bus Is On The Move

July 18, 2012 Updated Jul 18, 2012 at 12:51 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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July 18, 2012 Updated Jul 18, 2012 at 12:51 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Doctors say early detection is key when talking about breast cancer and leaders in Western New York are taking that to heart.

"Three great organizations, the ECMC Life Line Organization, the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Association and First Niagara Foundation developed a mammography bus with two state-of-the-art units on it.

This bus will travel across Western New York giving breast exams to those people who are not regularly getting tested. Breast Cancer Surgeon Dr. Vivian Lindfield said she hopes to see fewer patients in her operating room because of this preventative measure.

"We're saying under-served or never served but this is even women who have jobs but their busy or they can't get to their doctor because their caring for everyone else and the mammogram is kind of their last thought," Lindfield said.

The doctor also said that Western New York has one of the highest rates of breast cancer in the state, about one in eight people. She said it starts with people knowing how to prevent, diagnose and treat this disease.

"By also educating them and we've been going out into the community with brochures, breast navigators and telling people what is a mammogram, when do you need it how often," Lindfield said.

Dr Lindfied said to answer some of those questions, on average, mammograms should start at age 40 and continue each year after that, to prevent this terrible disease from taking over.

She said now, it's a big pink bus with a driver in bright pink sunglasses that could be a lifesaver in your neighborhood.

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