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