The group that coordinated the rally, Emergency Coalition to Save Cancer Imaging, says that a decrease in funding to this technology would restrict access to cancer screenings and result in increased wait times. The group held a City Hall rally with elected officials including Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
The cuts would affect cancer imaging such as CAT and MRI scans.
“These cuts negatively impact on women and poor people,” Dickens said at the City Hall rally.
Stringer said early detection of cancer using these scans is the most effective measure in treating the disease.
“New York’s women and elderly deserve better than an eight-week wait-time for a diagnosis they could have been treating for months,” Stringer said, in a statement.
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