BUFFALO, N.Y. — A mobile breast cancer screening truck that serves Western New York is in need of funding for upgrades.
The mobile mammography unit is owned and operated by ECMC and the University at Buffalo. It is designed to bring essential health care to women with no-to-low-cost mammograms.
“We have to bring the solutions to where the people actually are. And not everybody has the ease of mobility, the time off of work,” said Dr. Steven Schwaitzberg, chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University at Buffalo.
The bus is 9 years old and weathered, in need of about $875,000 worth of work.
Schwaitzberg said the ECMC Foundation is currently in talks with an unnamed donor who will hopefully spark a chain reaction in donations. It is also funded by grants that allow them to hire transportation and translators.
The bus has served more than 30,000 patients and can screen women across Western New York. Anyone interested can call 716-632-7465 option 3.