Women’s cancer screenings fell by 80% or more during COVID

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Screenings among non-white and low-income women for breast cancer decreased by 84%, and by 84% for cervical cancer, when compared to the previous five-years of averages for the month of April.Getty Images


(Hannah Sparks/ NY Post) — The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging women, especially those of low-income and minority backgrounds, to get screened for cancer as a new study has revealed that breast and cervical cancer screenings plunged by more than 80% among these underprivileged groups.

The results “reinforce the need to safely maintain routine health care services during the pandemic, especially when the health care environment meets COVID-19 safety guidelines,” said lead study author and CDC health scientist Amy DeGroff, in a statement. (…)

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