With the recent COVID-19 pandemic, we understand the concerns you may have about going to a medical facility for care. With rigorous protocols and precautions in place to ensure the safety of our patients, it is important you continue to be proactive about your health, especially when it comes to cancer. Screenings are a proactive step you can take to help maintain a healthy body, and should not be delayed.
Why is screening important?
Screening has been shown to reduce the chance of cancer-related deaths for a number of cancers. In fact, research shared at the 2020 ASCO® Annual Meeting showed the importance of screening and how screening is reducing cancer deaths. The research predicts that breast cancer deaths will continue to decline, which is likely due to screening and advances in treatment. Additionally, lung cancer deaths are also projected to decrease, which is likely partially due to improved screening and treatment.
A delayed diagnosis and treatment leads to worse outcomes, and the goal for screenings is to find cancers as early as possible, when less treatment is necessary for a better outcome.
Should I schedule my regular screening appointments?
Mammograms, colonoscopies, and other screening tests should not be delayed. If you are at a higher risk for cancer due to personal or family history, speak with your doctor about a screening schedule tailored for you.