Cancer Doesn’t Stop For A Pandemic and Neither Should You
“Cancer doesn’t stop even during a global pandemic. And while cancer screenings may not be top of mind or you’ve been putting it off … it is important to make it a priority” are the final words of this article. This may strike an uncomfortable cord within many patients, as delaying routine care has become the norm. For many, the perceived risk of breaking quarantine or even spending time near healthcare professionals seems to outweigh the benefits of getting routinely checked.
In the above article, they mention a study done by the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science: “They found that the number of mammograms, colonoscopies and pap smears declined by 87%, 90% and 83%, respectively, compared with February 2020, a month before the pandemic was declared”. Even pre-pandemic, getting patients to routinely screen for cancer was a common problem. The pandemic has disrupted every single aspect of life, but it should not get in the way of routine medical care.
Early detection of cancer is critical. Cancer doesn’t stop because of a pandemic, and neither should routine medical care.