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Mobile Health Unit

Wellness for Life is a prevention and early detection program available to the community through the mobile health-screening unit. The goals of Wellness for Life are to increase awareness of cancer prevention, promote the benefits of cancer screening and offer the community easy accessibility to many types of screening and early detection services.

Wellness for Life mobile health units

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Wellness for Life offers breast, prostate, skin, colon and other cancer-related screenings that are recommended by the American Cancer Society. A maximum examination time of 20 minutes and the convenient on-site location of the mobile unit are some of the aspects that make this service unique and highly desirable.

The Wellness for Life mobile health units are staffed by Family Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses and other health professionals. Medical oversight is provided by a board-certified physician member of the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth medical staff.

Booking Requirements
Minimum requirements for each screening are:

  • Skin: at least 16 participants
  • Prostate: at least 10 participants
  • Colon: at least 16 participants
  • Well woman exam: at least 10 participants
  • Screening mammogram: at least 16 participants

We provide the necessary pre-registration and promotional materials in advance to help facilitate the screening process.  Appointments are conveniently scheduled by calling 1-888-442-7747.

Cancer Screening Eligibility and Charges

Breast Cancer Screening Mammogram

  • Women age 40 and over
  • Women ages 35 to 39 may receive a baseline screening
  • No breast implants
  • No current symptoms of breast disease
  • No personal history of breast cancer
  • Not pregnant or actively nursing
  • At least 12 months since the last mammogram

Screening will last approximately 15 to 20 minutes, including a four-view screening mammogram and breast health education. Films are read by a board-certified radiologist and the results are sent to the client and the designated physician.

Clinical Breast Examination

  • At least 20 years of age
  • Not currently being followed by a healthcare provider for a breast abnormality found on physical examination or mammogram
  • At least 12 months since the last exam
  • Identify a physician to whom we can send abnormal results

An Advanced Practice Nurse performs the clinical breast examination. The 15-minute appointment includes the clinical breast examination, cancer risk assessment and instructions on breast self-examination. The results of the examination are known at the time of the examination.

Cervical Cancer Screening (gynecological examination)
Thin Prep Pap Test is also available

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Must identify a physician to whom we can send abnormal results
  • No personal history of cervical cancer
  • At least 12 months since last exam

An Advanced Practice Nurse in accordance with American Cancer Society Guidelines performs the gynecological examination. The examination will last approximately 20 minutes and includes an abdominal examination, pelvic examination with Pap smear and rectal examination. The Pap test is processed and reviewed through Texas Health Fort Worth pathology.  Examination results are known at the time of the exam and Pap test results and recommendations for follow-up are mailed to the client promptly.

Prostate Cancer Screening

  • At least 50 years of age
  • Clients who are African-American or who have a father or brother who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer may begin screening at age 45
  • No personal history of prostate cancer
  • Not currently being followed by a healthcare professional for an abnormality found on a prostate exam
  • Must identify a physician to whom we can send abnormal results
  • At least 12 months since the last exam

Prostate cancer screening consists of a digital rectal examination and PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood test and will last 15 to 20 minutes. Screening results are sent to the client promptly with recommendations for follow-up.
 
Skin Cancer Screening

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Must identify a physician to whom we can send abnormal results
  • No personal history of melanoma diagnosed in the past 5 years

Screening will last 15 to 20 minutes and includes prevention counseling, skin self-examination instruction, and total-body visual examination. Results of this exam are known at the time of the exam.

Colon Cancer Screening (Fecal Occult Blood Test)

  • At least 50 years of age
  • Must identify a physician to whom we can send abnormal results
  • No personal history of colon or rectal cancer
  • At least 12 months since the last test

Colon cancer is the second-leading cancer killer in the U.S. Colon cancer is most common in men and women over age 50. Seventy-five percent of colon cancer occurs in individuals without symptoms and who are at average risk for the disease. The fecal occult blood test is a simple at-home procedure designed to detect hidden blood in stool samples.  Blood in the stool can be a sign of cancer, pre-cancerous polyps, or other internal disorders. The screening appointment will last approximately 10-15 minutes and includes the Fecal Occult Blood Test kit, instructions and prevention counseling. Screening results and recommendations for follow-up are mailed to the client promptly.

Contact Information
Call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355) or 817-820-4910 for more information about screenings with the Mobile Health Unit, or e-mail THRMobileUnit@texashealth.org.

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