Climb aboard the Pink Bus — and adopt breast health practices
The Pink Tour Bus is coming to Kamloops.
Since the tour hit the road in early May, more than 4,000 people have been through the signature-covered vehicle and more than 350 have signed up on the bus to arrange a mammogram.
The busiest day to date was June 11, when a record 729 visitors toured the bus. The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's BC/Yukon region launched B.C.’s first mammography and breast health-education centre on wheels — a branded bus that will visit more than 50 BC communities in less than five months.
On Tuesday, June 28, the bus will be at the North Kamloops Safeway, at 750 Fortune Dr., from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and at Aberdeen Mall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tour staff guide visitors through the interactive displays and encourage women between the ages of 40 and 79 to book a free mammogram in their communities. For the first time, women who register on the bus will receive calls back from the screening mammography program of B.C. to arrange an appointment for their mammogram.
Only 51 per cent of eligible women in B.C. have a regular mammogram. According to the World Health Organization, if 70 per cent of eligible women went for regular mammography, the number of deaths from breast cancer would be reduced by up to one-third.
Visitors to the bus may sign its exterior as a commitment to adopting breast health practices and booking their free mammogram. Go online here to see where and when the Pink Tour will make its way around British Columbia.