LAOAG CITY — In time for the International Women’s Month celebration, a white and pink van dubbed as mammovan has been going around the province to provide free mammogram and clinical breast examination for all women at risk of breast cancer.

Currently parked at the back of the Provincial Capitol building on Tuesday, women aged 40 years old and above line up to avail this free service courtesy of the Breast Cancer Imperative (BRCAI) Inc., a non-government volunteer organization based in the province.

Also, a free clinical breast examination is being administered for women aged 20 and above.

As breast cancer has become one of the most common cancer cases in the Philippines based on the Department of Health (DOH) studies, the mammovan is reaching out to all disadvantaged women to provide free or subsidized mammogram services.

Good for the month of March, organizers said Dr. Lestrino Baquiran and the Philippine Economic and Cultural Endowment (PEACE) funded this activity to promote breast cancer awareness and reduce late cancer detection.

In the Philippines, report shows that the incidence rate of breast cancer is also the highest in Asia and the 9th highest in the world.

Besides heredity, there are other risk factors linked to breast cancer like exposure to hormones and lifestyle.

Designed for detection and screening cancer at different stages, the MAMMOvan equipped with portable mammography machine inside the van is being operated by licensed radiologists. PNA/