New Women’s Mobile Health Screening Van Unveiled

The new Women’s Mobile Health Screening (WMHS) Van was unveiled on Tuesday, June 21 at Legislative Hall in Dover. The program included tours of the medical unit, remarks from program facilitators and elected officials, and a toast to the success of the program. Guests included Governor Jack Markell, Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS) Secretary Rita Landgraf, Division of Public Health (DPH) Director Dr. Karyl Rattay, staff from the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) and Women’s Mobile Health Screening (WMHS) program, DPH staff, and members of the Delaware General Assembly, including Senator Patricia Blevins, Senator Hall-Long, and former Senator Liane Sorenson.


The van is a collaborative effort between the State of Delaware and Women’s Mobile Health Screening (WMHS), a subsidiary of DBCC. The van is owned by DPH and the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition holds the operating contract. In March, the WMHS program received a new, state-of-the-art van that combines digital imaging equipment and health professionals from Beebe Medical Center.  The Delaware General Assembly allocated funding for the van in June 2015.


“When we catch cancers early, we protect Delawareans from early death, disfigurements, complex health problems – and devastated families,” said Governor Jack Markell.  “The work the coalition has done over 25 years has saved lives and preserved families.”


“Screening is saving lives in Delaware,” Secretary Landgraf said.  “Because of organizations like the Delaware Breast Cancer and Screening for Life within the Department of Health and Social Services, it is highly likely that improving the early detection of breast cancer contributed to Delaware’s progress in breast cancer mortality.”


Delaware’s all-site cancer mortality rate has dropped, from second-highest in the country in the early 1990s to 14th for the period of 2007-2011.  Delaware’s breast cancer mortality rate currently ranks 17th-highest in the country.


Starting in July, in addition to mammography screenings, the van will offer cervical cancer screenings and blood pressure screenings, as well healthy lifestyle education.  A prescription from a medical professional is no longer necessary to be screened.


“We will also talk to women on the van about risk factors for cancer (and other chronic diseases),” Dr. Rattay said.  “Women will receive glucose screening (for diabetes), tobacco cessation referrals, Body Mass Index screening, and physical activity and nutrition education.”


“I am pleased to finally see the new and improved women’s mobile health screening van on the road and bringing lifesaving mammography screenings to some of our most vulnerable populations,” says Senator Patricia Blevins. “The van serves nearly 800 women a year who might not otherwise have access to mammography screenings and with the new addition of a room for examinations, it will bring even more value to the women in Delaware who need it most.”


Through the WMHS program, more than 8,500 women were screened since July of 2004. Of those, more than 4,200 were through the Screening for Life (SFL) program.  Over the past 15 years, SFL provided 25,000 uninsured or under-insured women in Delaware with more than 48,000 breast cancer screenings.


Women who qualify for the SFL program may receive free mammography services as well as cervical, screenings. WMHS also accepts Medicaid, Medicare, most health insurance, and self-pay clients. Patients should check with insurance providers to find out if they are covered. WMHS staff helps women apply for SFL or find another program that can help cover the cost of screening. Patients also can arrange for transportation or an interpreter through WMHS.


“By having a background in both healthcare and nursing and co-chairing the Delaware Cancer Consortium, I have seen firsthand the effects that cancer can have on all of those who are touched by this disease,” says Senator Bethany Hall-Long. “Early detection can be lifesaving when it comes to screenings for breast cancer which is why having access to the mobile mammography van can help reduce mortality and morbidity in our population.”


The van primarily targets those who are uninsured and/or low income; however, all women can be screened on the van. The van regularly visits community centers, senior centers, health care facilities, and employers throughout the state. Most women screened on the van are age 40 or older. For more information on the Women’s Mobile Health Screening Van, call 888-672-9647.


Event Photos by CM Baker. Captions below (from left to right).





Top Left: Group shot in front of the van

Top Right: Katelynn Mayers, Governor Jack Markell, Bethany Hall-Long

Bottom Left: Vicky Cooke and Liard Stabler

Bottom Right: Rebecca Elzey, Donna Stinson, Vicky Cooke, Christina Richter, Ciro Poppiti, Patti Key, and Linda Powell



Thank you for supporting the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition through another PINKtober!

Thank you for supporting the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition during Breast Cancer Awareness Month! It has been a wild October spreading breast cancer awareness in our community. We are grateful to have so many generous partners in our neighborhoods across the state, helping us share our resources with folks who need them and helping raise funds to support our local programs and services of support, education, and survivorship. We have to take a moment to thank all of our partners, volunteers, sponsors, and donors!

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We want to especially give a shout out to:

Gatehouse Media

Bayhealth Medical Center

News Journal/Delaware Online

Fun and Festive Jewelry Making Store

ATI Physical Therapy

Upper Cut Salon

Harvest Ridge Winery

The Hadley Group at Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate

Skyzone Newark

Rawlins Orthodontics

Atticus Bow Ties

New Beginnings Spa at Dawn Career Institute

Capitol School District

Brighton Collectibles

Dewey Goes Pink 5K organizers the Starboard and the Body Shop

Tanger Outlets

Park Place, Grottos Pizza, Abbott’s Grill, Arena’s and Longshots in Milford

33 West

Milford High School

Ronny’s Garden World

Oxford Feed and Lumber

Premier Cosmetics and Dermatology

Inspire Me Events

Currie Hair Skin Nails

Cedarfield Ruritan Club

Georgetown Car Show Organizers Levin Clark and Georgetown Mayor Bill West

Monster Mile Sponsors: Townsend Brothers Chevrolet, Willis Chevrolet, Forever Fit Foundation, Merle Norman Cosmetics, Dover Rent All Tents & Events, Bayhealth Medical Center, La Red Health Center, Price Honda/Acura, Ronny’s Garden World, Kent County Women’s Journal, Mid-Delaware Imaging, Ms. Diana Brode, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Psi Iota Chapter, and Watras Photography

…and so many more. Too many to name. If we inadvertently left you off this list, so sorry, just let us know and we’ll add you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Although October is over, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is still here to serve our community. If you or someone you know is diagnosed with breast cancer, call 1-866-312-3222.

Calling all ladies! Join DBCC For the Race for the Pink Ribbon 5K on 9/10!

The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is hosting another 5k this fall, the Race for the Pink Ribbon. It’s the only women’s only race in the local region and it’s always a good time! All of the proceeds will benefit DBCC’s programs that increase breast cancer awareness, promote the importance of early detection, provide access to mammograms, and offer support and resources to men and women in the local community who are newly diagnosed or facing a recurrence of breast cancer.

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Register online here!

Race Details:

5th Annual Women’s Race for the Pink Ribbon 5K!

The women-only race will feature a t-shirt for the first 700 participants, pink goodie bags and admittance to the post-race party which includes pizza, music, wine and a beer garden! Awards will also be distributed to top performers and teams.

Register online for $25 until September 7 or for $30 the day of the race!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Registration opens at 5pm; race kicks off at 6:30pm

Dravo Plaza Riverfront, Wilmington, DE 19801

All of the proceeds from the Race for the Pink Ribbon benefit DBCC’s programs that increase breast cancer awareness, promote the importance of early detection, provide access to mammograms, and provide support and resources to men and women in the local community who are newly diagnosed or facing a recurrence of breast cancer. To learn more about DBCC, please visit

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Black History Month Profile: Edward W. Brooke


Former Massachusetts senator Edward W. Brooke was a history maker for many reasons. He was the first African American popularly elected to the United States Senate in 1966 and the only African-American Senator elected to serve multiple terms. He was also the oldest living former Senator. Most poignant, he was a breast cancer survivor and committed to sharing his breast health message with the world.

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Black History Month Profile: Ruby Dee


Born on October 27th, 1924, Ruby Dee was an important force in the movement of African-American culture. Being the first Black woman to play lead roles at the American Shakespeare Festival, Ruby Dee helped to pave the way for African American actors. A former graduate of the American Negro Theatre, Ruby Dee starred in many memorable and important films including A Raisin in the Sun (1961), Roots (1978) and American Gangster (2007). She also had been a staunch supporter of Black heritage and a strong participant in the fight against injustice and racism.

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The SOFT trial, benefits and side effects

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There are risks and benefits to any treatment for breast cancer. The Suppression of Ovarian Function Trial (SOFT) was designed to answer the question – would premenopausal women with early stage hormone receptor positive breast cancer benefit from ovarian suppression therapy in addition to Tamoxifen? This was an international trial presented by the International Breast Cancer Study Group from Bern, Switzerland.

The report that follows was researched and prepared by Connie Holdridge, Program Manager of Education and Survivorship at the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, following the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in December 2014. Read on for the details.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight – Bárbara Mori




Bárbara Mori, the famous Mexico-Uruguayan actress from the film Insignificant Things was treated for breast cancer when she was 29 years old. She underwent an operation to have the cancer removed and did not need chemotherapy. She shared her breast cancer journey in the 2010 documentary 1 a Minute, with celebrity cancer survivors Olivia Newton John and Kelly McGillis, among others.