SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii (Feb. 23, 2016) -- The U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks (USAHC-SB) is always looking for ways to enhance the delivery of world-class medical care to their patients.

The Mammography Clinic has found a way to advance this mission.

The clinic, which falls within the radiology department, recently expanded their hours of operation to improve patient access to care.

The new schedule became effective, Monday, Feb 22, 2016 and is as follows: Mondays and Tuesdays 7:30 a.m. -- 3 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays 7:30 a.m. -- 5 p.m.

Appointments are available and walk-ins are also acceptable.

Spc. Brittany Kalkwarf, a radiology tech at USAHC-SB who is certified in mammography, says the new Saturday appointment hours should not only improve access to care, but also may also better accommodate female patients who often juggle multiple responsibilities throughout the week.

In addition to the extended hours of operation, Mammography clinic patients will benefit from newer, more state-of-the-art breast cancer screening equipment.

According to Kalkwarf, the new equipment is more reliable and effective and ultimately further enhances her ability to screen additional patients each day. "It is said that one in every eight women will develop Breast Cancer in their lifetime which is why breast cancer detection is so important in our community. The earlier the Radiologists can diagnose it, the quicker a patient can begin treatment towards the road to full recovery", she said.

Female beneficiaries are reminded that they don't have to wait until Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October to think about their breast health.

General breast cancer prevention screening requirements of eligibility are as follows:

* Must be over the age of 40
* Female
* Not be currently pregnant or breastfeeding
- At least eight months post breastfeeding
* No new lumps, bumps or pain in your breast
* No personal history of breast cancer

If you meet the requirements of eligibility or have any questions, contact the Mammography Clinic at (808) 433-8361.

Female beneficiaries who suspect a lump, bump, nipple discharge, or any additional breast health concerns are asked to contact their Primary Care Manager right away to schedule a diagnostic examination.