WAXHAW, NC (FOX 46) - A lot of women put off getting checked.
"The gold standard research says gets your mammogram every year starting at age 40. We have reduced the mortality rate by 40 percent by coming in every year by 40," Katie Robbins said.
That's why Charlotte Radiology is getting results for women by sending out their mobile breast center to areas like Waxhaw, Matthews, Mint Hill and many other locations.
"We are looking for early detection which is so important. One of the main reasons women delay mammograms is because they are too busy and sometimes put it off all together. We know that it is so important to get that screening every year because from one year to the next something can pop," Katie Yarborough said.
The mobile center has all the technology you'd find in a hospital but with the convenience of moving to needed areas.
"These smaller communities in Charlotte were ladies don't have to drive into town to get a screening and it's so quick you can just pull up, it takes about 15 minutes," Yarborough said.
Charlotte Radiology Director Katie Robbins knows first-hand how important it is to get screened. Doctors found a tumor and she is now a breast cancer survivor.
"It’s easy to let something go. I almost let it go a month and I’m so glad that I didn't. I have no family history; you know 75 percent of women have no history of it. Do not assume because you don't have it in your family that you can't get it,” Robbins said.
Here in the Charlotte area, 20 percent of women will be diagnosed between the ages of 40 and 49.
While self-examination is important, Charlotte Radiology says the only screening method that has consistently proven to reduce cancer deaths is mammography.
You can find where the Mobile Breast Center will be next by heading to Charlotte Radiology.