October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month when women are advised to maintain breast health by getting regular mammograms.

The AMI Foundation’s Dr. Jan Astin Mobile Digital Mammography Van, which travels throughout southeastern New Jersey to make breast cancer screening easier and more convenient, will visit five Atlantic County communities during October, including in Margate on Oct. 22 and four dates in Atlantic City.

The schedule is as follows:

Oct. 4 – SJTA (Farley Service Plaza), Hammonton

Oct. 9 – Oaks of Weymouth, Mays Landing

Oct. 16 – Barrett Outdoor Living, Galloway

Oct. 18 – Southern Jersey Family Medicine, Atlantic City

Oct. 19 – Stockton University, Atlantic City

Oct. 22 – Margate Municipal Building, Margate

Oct. 29 – Atlantic City Townehouse, Atlantic City

Oct. 31 – New York Ave. Apartments, Atlantic City

The custom-built, 38-foot van is completely self-contained. In addition to offering the latest 3D digital mammography equipment, the van provides a comfortable waiting area and a private dressing room.

The screenings are for women ages 40 and older with no current or past breast issues.

Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. A prescription may not be needed. Please call the scheduling department at 609-677-XRAY (9729) to make an appointment and to confirm hours of operation for specific locations.

The mobile van’s radiology services are accredited by the American College of Radiology and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Mammography images are read by board-certified fellowship trained radiologists at Atlantic Medical Imaging.

The Dr. Jan Astin Mobile Digital Mammography Van services are made possible by funding from the AMI Foundation’s Mammography Screening Program and from Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey.

For more information, visit www.amifoundation.net.

Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.