Breast cancer screenings dropped 90% in April 2020. Health care providers say there’s no excuse to skip it this year

The health care provider has offered mobile mammograms for over 30 years, driving to any and all of the organization’s 382 hospitals and clinics, as well as area businesses, churches and schools in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Iowa.

In 2020, the dramatic onset of the pandemic in the United States forced the program to take a six-week pause.

“We were concerned about people not wanting to come in because of COVID-19,” said Lori Moelter, radiology manager at Edith Sanford Breast Center in Sioux Falls. “The mobile has helped get people in for screenings.”

Between three trucks based in Sioux Falls and Fargo, Sanford performed nearly 9,500 mammograms in 2020. The program is on pace to outperform last year’s numbers, providing over 7,600 screenings so far.

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Sanford also operates a mobile mammography truck in the Bemidji, Minnesota, region, but statistics for the number of screenings conducted were not immediately available.

– Lori Moelter, radiology manager at Edith Sanford Breast Center in Sioux Falls

Sanford has offered mobile mammograms since 1986, when technicians would wheel

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