Early detection of breast cancer with screening mammography means that treatment can be started earlier. It also means your chances of survival are higher. The Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center helps to make screening mammography available to all women 35 and older through our partnerships with Francine’s Friends and the Breast Diagnostic Center.
What is a mammogram?
Mammography is a simple, quick, non-invasive screening test used in the prevention and early detection of breast cancer. The procedure uses low-dose X-rays to safely create images of the breast tissue. Radiologists read the images to determine whether cancer is present.
Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. The American Cancer Society estimates that:
A woman’s chance of developing invasive breast cancer
is one in eight across her lifetime.
The chance that a woman will die of breast cancer is one in 35.
The encouraging news is that deaths from breast cancer have been on the decrease since 1990, and early detection in younger women has made a difference. More than two million women alive today have survived breast cancer.
Various opportunities for education on screening and prevention are also available at many local health fairs and at the Cancer Center with an oncology nurse specialist.
For all community outreach information, call (260) 266-9180.
In Fort Wayne, high-quality mammography is available at two Breast Diagnostic Center locations. The BDC is a partnership between Parkview and FW Radiology. Mammograms are also available inside theFrancine’s Friends Mobile mammography coach.
Parkview Regional Medical Center
Medical Office Building
11123 Parkview Plaza Drive, Suite 201
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46845
Hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday through Wednesday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday
Carew Medical Park
1818 Carew Street, Suite 40
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805
Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
Learn about the Parkview Breast Care Team, a service of Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Mammography services at other Parkview facilities
Parkview Huntington Hospital
Parkview LaGrange Hospital
Parkview Noble Hospital
Parkview Whitley Hospital
Francine's Friends Mobile Mammography
The best protection is early detection. Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography coach, in partnership with Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Breast Diagnostic Center, makes getting a mammogram quick, easy and convenient throughout northeast Indiana.
The Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography coach brings high-quality, life-saving mammography screening to your home or workplace.
The interior of the 40-foot-long motor coach is designed for complete privacy. Radiologic technologists from the Breast Diagnostic Center (BDC) staff the coach, which is furnished with the same FDA-approved and Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA)-approved equipment as the two stationary sites of the BDC. A mammogram takes only about 15 minutes. Board-certified breast-imaging radiologists from FW Radiology interpret the exams.
View the schedule for the mobile mammography coach.
Who are Francine’s Friends?
Francine’s Friends is a group of local businesswomen and community leaders. Our mission is to make early detection of breast cancer available to every woman in Fort Wayne and the surrounding area. Our vision is to increase cancer screenings in northeast Indiana by providing a highly accessible and visible community resource.
We want to offer life-saving services to women who might otherwise be unable to receive them because of financial or transportation issues.
Francine’s Friends raised the funds to purchase a mobile mammography coach for our community and continues to raise funds each year to help support the program’s operating budget.
We are in partnership with many other local organizations to battle breast cancer. Our effort addresses an identified need among the women in our area.
Who can participate?
Women ages 35 and older and have not had a mammogram in the past 12 months
Women who have no current history of breast cancer or experiencing problems with their breasts
Women who are insured or uninsured
Many insurance plans are accepted, and funding is available to cover expenses for women who do not have sufficient financial resources.
Where it all began
The program began in 2005. In the first seven years, more than 21,500 screenings were given. Of the women screened, 27 percent had never had a mammogram or had not had one in the preceding three years. The coach now provides mammography access to women at more than 1,500 businesses, churches, fitness centers, schools and other sites in northeast Indiana and the surrounding counties.
To schedule a mammogram, call (260) 483-1847.
To schedule a visit of the mobile mammography coach at your site, contact the community outreach coordinator at (260) 266-9180 or email@example.com.