Cuts to breast-cancer screenings affect more women than expected

May 21, 2010

Budget cuts to a state program that provides mammograms to screen low-income women for breast cancer have affected far more women than expected, according to state figures. While the cuts had been expected to reduce the number of recipients by 17 percent to about 21,000 per month, only about 10,000 women per month received the service in the first three months of the year, according to this AP story. Some of the centers that perform the mammograms report that they are struggling to keep their doors open because the steep drop in the number of patients has left them short of funds to pay their overhead costs. State officials say they expect the number of screenings reported to rise as more centers file their paperwork later this year.

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