Need A Mammogram? It Could Take A While

Delays reach crisis levels in some cities as women wait up to five months for a routine screening

Paula Sperling, 56, a New York City saleswoman, prides herself on being well organized. Whenever she has to schedule an appointment at New York University's Breast Imaging Center for her annual mammogram, she usually calls three to four weeks in advance. But the native New Yorker was surprised to learn last December that the next available opening wasn't until sometime in April. Sperling reminded the office staff that she has a family history of breast cancer. "Three or four months could mean the difference between a tumor that's localized and one that's spread into the lymph nodes," she recalls thinking. "I...

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