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Broad drop-off in cancer screenings during pandemic


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Reuters Health - 25/03/2022 - Many U.S. facilities saw declines in screening rates for colorectal, cervical, breast and lung cancers during the pandemic, a new study notes. An analysis of data from 748 accredited cancer programs enrolled in an American Cancer Society study from April to June of last year revealed that more than 80% saw drops in screening for colorectal cancer, nearly 70% for cervical cancer, more than 50% for breast cancer and more than 44% for lung cancer, researchers report in Cancer. "The take-home message for healthcare professionals is to know that monthly screening rates were significantly compromised during the pandemic, including several months into the pandemic," said Dr. Heidi Nelson, medical director of cancer programs of the American College of Surgeons. "Now is the time to make up for missed screening. We hope this article will encourage all medical groups and healthcare professionals to examine their own screening programs to se...


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