Mammogram Appointments Down in New Year

mammogramsMEDFORD, Ore. — One Medford hospital says it has seen a big drop in the number of women being checked for breast cancer in the new year so far.

Employees at the Providence Breast Center said they tend to see a drop off in the number of mammogram patients each January.

They say one of the reasons is the lack of publicity like what is usually seeing during breast cancer awareness month in October. Another reason could be people worrying about how much will be covered by their insurance, and how much they would have to pay out of pocket.

“In January, usually the number of patients that we see drops dramatically, usually due to people’s deductibles starting over, that’s usually the biggest reason,” said Nicole McPheeters, Breast Center Coordinator.

Providence employees added that the drop off in appointments in January usually means they schedule appointments for new patients on short notice.