- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) — An audit by New York City’s comptroller has found wait times for mammograms were “dangerously” long at nine public hospitals during the 2009 fiscal year.

Comptroller John Liu said long waits put women in jeopardy and violated the city’s policies recommending waits of no more than two weeks for routine screening.

The city’s Health and Hospitals Corp. called the findings outdated. Ana Marengo, a spokeswoman for the municipal hospital system, said the audit failed to look at the last two years when significant improvements were made.

She said patients with a lump or other negative findings can receive a diagnostic screening within 24 to 72 hours.

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