FAQs

What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is a detailed X-ray of the breast used as a screening tool to detect early breast cancer in women experiencing no symptoms. Mammography plays a major role in early detection of breast cancers because it can show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can detect an abnormality in the tissue.

Is screening mammography safe?
Screening mammography is a low-dose X-ray. Francine's Friends uses digital technology that keeps radiation exposure to a minimum while obtaining high-quality images of the breast tissue. The Francine's Friends Mobile Mammography coach is staffed by radiologic technologists who specialize in mammography.

What is the purpose of this program?
Francine’s Friends strives to save more lives and keep more women healthy. We promote early detection of breast cancer by making screening mammography more convenient and accessible to all women. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer ranks second among cancer deaths in women.

“Recently you covered the cost of my first mammogram, as well as a follow-up ultrasound to examine a questionable spot. I am a 50-year-old widow with teenagers. I haven’t had a mammogram because there always seemed to be something else competing for my money. I cannot express my gratitude, as well as my feeling of well-being, because of your generosity. May God truly bless you!” 

Death rates from breast cancer have steadily decreased in women since 1990. These decreases are due to a combination of earlier detection and improved treatment. Screening mammography saves lives. Lumps as small as the size of a pea can be detected by mammography. Breast cancers found at such an early stage have a 98 percent cure rate.

Can any woman have a mammogram through this program?
This program is for women who:

    • Are age 35 and older and have not had a screening mammogram in the past 12 months
    • Have no prior or current history of breast cancer or experiencing problems with their breasts
    •  Are insured or uninsured
The American Cancer Society recommends that annual screening begin at age 40.

How long does the procedure take?
The entire appointment takes about 15 minutes.

How will I know the results?
The X-ray images are processed at the Breast Diagnostic Center at FWRadiology. Board-certified breast-imaging radiologists from FWRadiology interpret the exams. The results will be reported to you and your physician. This is why it is very important that we have a correct address and phone number when you make your appointment.

“Francine’s determination to help in the fight against cancer was inspiring…I like to support Francine’s Friends because it is an important accessible form of women’s health care in the community…women generally do not look forward to mammograms, so I like the fact that the mobile coach is also a visible reminder to make that appointment and get tested.” 

Why should I schedule a mammogram on the coach?
Convenience…
• A mammogram screening on the mobile coach takes only 15 minutes.
• Appointments recommended, but walk-ins are welcome if space permits.
• Coach comes to where you already are — companies, local businesses, churches, and other locations.
Prevention and Early Detection…
• The coach’s digital technology is able to detect lesions two years before they can be felt during a physical examination.
• After age 40, American Cancer Society suggests women having yearly mammograms.
• If you have a history of breast cancer in your family, it is suggested you consult your physician for his/her recommendation.
• These fifteen minutes could save your life.
Privacy…
• Results are quickly reported to you and your doctor.
• The coach, dressing & exam rooms are very private, spacious and comfortable.

How do I schedule an appointment on the mobile mammography coach?
First, determine the community site that is most convenient for you by checking the schedule of dates and locations for the coach. Then call (260) 483-1847 to schedule your appointment in advance.

Who pays for the mammogram?
Screening mammograms are usually a covered benefit under most insurance carriers’ plans. For best coverage, please verify with your insurance carrier that the Breast Diagnostic Center is an in-network provider. For women who are uninsured or underinsured (have high deductibles), financial assistance programs are available through funds raised by Francine's Friends and Parkview Hospital Foundation.