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Health professionals see rise in mammograms after drop due to pandemic | News

Valley hospitals are seeing an increase in mammograms this fall as women return to clinics for vital screenings many delayed during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Officials at both Evangelical Community Hospital and Geisinger said the number of mammograms dropped significantly in the spring, a trend that was seen nationally. In an interview earlier this month, Dr. Ned Sharpless, director of the National Cancer Institute, said some clinics in the U.S. have seen a 95% decline in mammography.

“For a disease like breast cancer, that’s really important,” Sharpless said. “Stage is the major determinant of outcome in breast cancer.”

“If you have regular screenings with mammograms, you can catch it very early,” said Geisinger’s Dr. Monica Froicu. “You can go to a biopsy, have surgery without chemotherapy. If a woman is discovered in Stage 1 or Stage 2, there is a 99 percent survival. If we can detect it when it’s so

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Some regional colleges see drop in enrollment, while health care, online programs do well | Education

Enrollment at regional colleges and universities

Nebraska

Bellevue University

2020 — 13,240, up 12.3%

2019 — 11,788

Bryan College

2020 — 790, up 1.9%

2019 — 775

Chadron State

2020 — 2,303, down 3.5%

2019 — 2,387

Clarkson College

2020 — 1,192, up 6.0%

2019 — 1,125

College of St. Mary

2020 — 1,029, down 2%

2019 — 1,050

Concordia—Seward

2020 — 2,374, up 41.8%

2019 — 1,674

Creighton

2020 — 8,770, down 0.6%

2019 — 8,821

Doane

2020 — 2,888, up 5.7%

2019 — 2,733

Doane’s Crete campus

2020 — 989, down 1.3%

2019 — 1,002

Hastings College

2020 — 981, down 1.5%

2019 — 996

Midland University

2020 — 1,572, up 11.6%

2019 — 1,408

Nebraska Methodist

2020 — 1,212, up 7.4%

2019 — 1,128

Nebraska Wesleyan

2020 — 1,924, down 5.9%

2019 — 2,044

Peru State

2020 — 1,782, down 1.0%

2019 — 1,800

UNL

2020 —

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