In a groundbreaking move to fortify its commitment to accessible breast cancer screenings, the American-Italian Cancer Foundation (AICF) proudly announces the installation of a state-of-the-art 3D mammography machine on its Mammogram Bus. This technological enhancement not only signifies a giant leap in breast cancer screening but also stands as a testament to the unwavering dedication of AICF in providing high-quality healthcare to medically-underserved women across New York City.
Established in 1980 by the visionary breast cancer surgeon, Professor Umberto Veronesi, MD, and esteemed Italian businessman Alessandro di Montezemolo, AICF was conceived as a collaborative effort between Italy and the United States. Professor Veronesi, renowned for pioneering breast-conserving surgical techniques in treating breast cancer, envisioned a partnership that would expose young scientists to innovative ideas, trends, and research techniques, enriching the scientific community and fostering international collaboration in the battle against cancer.
The inspiration behind AICF’s founding programs lies in Professor Veronesi’s groundbreaking research in breast cancer treatment. Two core initiatives emerged: the International Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship Program and the Mobile, No-Cost Breast Cancer Screening Program. The fellowship program supports the research projects of young scientists, promoting collaboration between the scientific communities of Italy and the United States. Meanwhile, the Mobile Mammogram Bus addresses the critical importance of early detection by providing no-cost screening services to women in need.
Chairman Daniele Bodini expressed his enthusiasm for the recent upgrade, emphasizing, “We are thrilled to introduce this brand new 3D mammography unit to our Mammogram Bus. This enhancement reinforces our commitment to providing the best possible breast cancer screening services to the communities we serve. This technology allows us to be at the forefront of breast cancer early detection.”
The upgraded Siemens Mammomat Revelation VC20, equipped with cutting-edge technology, enhances the precision and detail of breast imaging. AICF’s commitment extends beyond geographical boundaries, as exemplified by its International Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship Program, focusing on the exceptional resources and collaborative possibilities of the scientific communities in Italy and the United States.
Simultaneously, the Mammogram Bus, an embodiment of AICF’s compassionate outreach, travels citywide, offering no-cost breast cancer screening services and education on breast health. This inclusive approach ensures that women, regardless of their economic status, have access to early detection services, aligning with the organization’s mission to make a difference at both global and local levels.
The heartfelt testimonials from women who have benefitted from the Mammogram Bus underscore the profound impact of AICF’s initiatives. Maria emphasizes the importance of annual check-ups, stating, “I don’t have medical insurance, so here, with the service being free, I can still get checked.”
As AICF continues to forge ahead in the fight against breast cancer, the organization remains rooted in its founding principles of innovation, collaboration, and compassion. The Mammogram Bus, now armed with cutting-edge technology, stands as a symbol of hope, ensuring that AICF’s legacy of making a difference in the lives of women persists for generations to come.