In support of a cancer-free CNMI, the Commonwealth Cancer Association has once again donated to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.’s Department of Radiology and its mammography facility, making it now possible for the department to provide digital mammography.
Since June 1, 2018, the CHCC mammography section has provided digital screening and diagnostic mammograms for all patients in need of the service, thanks in large part to an initial $2,600 contribution from the CCA.
Last week, the CCA board of directors agreed to contribute once again to the CHCC mammography program with a $7,794 donation for a mammography film digitizing system.
This system will allow for the digital conversion of the complete, film-based mammography examination history of each and every patient, to be used for comparison during the radiologist’s interpretation.
“The system will be an invaluable tool in providing and assuring that a complete exam history is available for our interpreting physicians and diagnostic accuracy is enhanced” a statement provided to Saipan Tribune said. “CHCC is privileged and proud to recognize the support and involvement of the CCA in cancer prevention and detection.”
CCA is a community-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting cancer awareness and prevention, providing patient support services, and serving as the liaison and advocate for cancer issues in the CNMI and the region.
CCA began as a coalition of volunteers who are committed to reducing the burden of cancer in the Northern Mariana Islands. These volunteers serve on the CCA board, and committees, help raise funds, and participate in training, outreach, and patient support programs. CCA’s programs and services are fully supported by the Marianas March Against Cancer and the Cancer Fund. (PR)