Dr. Brett Parkinson is the lead breast radiologist at the Intermountain Medical Center Breast Care Clinic. He stresses the need for preventative screenings and early intervention in breast cancer, stating that if prevention program eligibility rates are cut, over 4,000 women would go without screenings. Statistically speaking of those 4,000 women, at least 16 will have breast cancer not caught in the early stages, leading to more expensive care down the road.
“If it comes down to numbers, it just makes sense to keep the Utah Cancer Control Program funded. It doesn’t make sense to cut funding where you will have to pay more later down the road.” Besides the financial aspect, he reminds us that we are talking about lives. “These are women that have no other options for treatment and without the program, they die" said Dr. Parkinson. "Even a comparably wealthy family can not pay for cancer treatment out of pocket. It’s just too expensive.”