Mammobile: breast cancer prevention in the Haute Vallée de l’Aude

Breast cancer screening is recommended every 2 years from the age of 50. Knowing that in France 34 women die every day from this pathology, including 1 000 per year in Occitania. Access to this screening is sometimes hampered by the problem of mobility in rural areas and the closure of certain radiology centers.

Mobile mammography

When news broke in late 2019 that the Quillan mammograph would no longer work, a group of ladies started a petition, which was submitted to Limoux sub-prefecture. An action has been set up to develop organized breast cancer screening in the Haute Vallée de l’Aude and a working group to work towards introducing a mobile mammograph in the area : the mammobile.

Thursday 23 On June 1st, a press conference was held at the head office of the municipal administration to present this new equipment in the presence of Dr. Pujol, Director General of the CRDC-OC (Regional Coordination Center for Cancer Prevention in Occitania), Dr of the CRDC website, Xavier Crisnaire, Director of the ARS (Regional Health Agency), Mr Brizon, Director of the Hospital Center Limoux-Quillan, Dr. El Habchi, Doctor in Quillan, Pierre Castel, Mayor of Quillan, Christian Soula, Mayor of Espéraza, President of Francis Savy of the Community of Communes of the Pyrenees Audoises and the five Quillanaises at the origin of the petition. Everyone paid tribute to Christian Maugard, who supported the petition of these women and who worked energetically for the establishment of the Mammobile on the territory.

The Mammobile is a real mammography center on board a trailer, where a team of experienced and caring professionals works for women. Breast cancer screening is offered free of charge, without an appointment and without a prescription (CRCDC-OC will send out an invitation to attend this screening).

The test, which is intended for women aged 50 to 74 and lasts less than 20 minutes, makes it possible to detect small cancers early, before symptoms appear.

In addition to performing the mammography, a clinical examination is performed on site by a general practitioner in the area. The mammogram is then analyzed by a first radiologist and then reread by a second for a double check.

A midwife will also be present when visiting the Mammobile to raise women’s awareness of cervical cancer screening.

This project, proposed under the Local Health Contract of the Vallée de l’Aude, is being implemented by the Regional Center for the Coordination of Cancer Care in Occitania (CRCDC-OC), with the support of the Regional Health Authority, the Caisse Primary Health Insurance and MSA Grand Sud.

Free of charge without an appointment

The Mammobile will be present non-stop for 3 days from 9am to 5.30pm: Monday 4 July in Espéraza, Espace Louis-Alibert.Tuesday, July 5th on Axat, Place de la Gare;Wednesday July 6th in Quillan, Espace Cathare Doctors from the region mobilize for the occasion: Espéraza: Dr. Michel Grand and Dr. Cecile Grand, retired doctors still active in the region. Quillan: Dr. Michel Pech, retired doctor but still active in the field. Axat: Dr. Marie Julie Tromme, doctor at the multidisciplinary house Axat The Mammobil is suitable for people with reduced mobility thanks to its lift and offers the same guarantees and the same quality of care as in a traditional radiology center .

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