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Mobile mammography center by Columbia St. Mary's hits the road

This Sunday's Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is all about the battle against breast cancer.

Here in Wisconsin we have a unique tool to help in that fight.

It's a mobile mammography center set up by Columbia St. Mary's and funded in part through the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The Mammography Mobile Outreach Project targets Milwaukee-area women 40 and older who need screening mammograms but have difficulty gaining access to traditional programs.

A state-of-the-art vehicle, the Mobile Digital Mammography Center is staffed by an all-woman team of radiological technicians with advanced mammography training and delivers services in familiar and accessible locations.

It eliminates barriers to screening, among them transportation and anxiety about the screening itself. Outreach Care Coordinators identify women in need, see that they receive screening, and work with community partners including churches, clinics, and non-profit organizations to hold events with the coach. 

CBS 58 is a proud sponsor of the Race for the Cure. Emcee and Meteorologist Rebecca Schuld was live at the mobile mammography center Thursday on the CBS 58 News at 4:30 p.m.

Since its inception, Komen Southeast Wisconsin has invested more than $9.2 Million in local community breast health programs and education as well as more than $3 Million to the most promising breast cancer research programs.

During this time more than $6.7 million in research grants have come back to either the Medical College of Wisconsin or the University of Wisconsin.

Friday on the CBS 58 Morning News, Kate and Jessica will sit down with race organizers and provide live updates on how set up the race is going.

Then join us Sunday for the Race for the Cure at 9:15 a.m. along Milwaukee's lakefront.

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