COVID and Cancer Screenings

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As Americans catch up on missed appointments from doctors visits to the dentist. To hair salons, health experts are reminding women not to forget mammograms.

Dr. Dacarla Albright: “Prioritize yourself, prioritize your health care and go ahead and reschedule your mammogram.”

A survey this summer by medical technology company hologic found more than a quarter of women plan to either skip or delay their annual screenings this year.

And the consequences could be serious.

The national cancer institute estimates there could be 10-thousand additional breast and colorectal deaths over the next decade as a result of missed screenings and delayed diagnoses and treatment.

Dr. Dacarla Albright / Obstetrician-gynecologist: “I’ve had many patients who’ve had early breast cancer diagnosed from routine mammograms.

A routine mammogram caught musician sheryl crow s stage one breast cancer in 2006

A screening she’s glad she got.

Sheryl Crow: “Would it have been stage 2 in six months? It’s possible. In which case, my treatment would have been changed from a lumpectomy and radiation to perhaps chemotherapy or something more drastic.”

And with health care centers taking additional precautions against the spread of COVID-19, including masks, stepped up cleanings, and spaced appointments to minimize contact between patients, the Grammy winner is encouraging women to reschedule missed mammograms or keep upcoming appointments.

Sheryl Crow: “Until we have a cure, this is our greatest weapon.”

Aiming to catch breast cancer early and save lives.

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