Oncologists Urge Americans to Get Cancer Screenings Back on Track

Oncologists Urge Americans to Get Cancer Screenings Back on Track

A national public awareness campaign is reminding Americans to resume cancer screenings, after several studies have revealed an alarming drop-off in 2020. Experts recommend regular screenings for breast cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer and skin cancer, including melanoma, usually starting at age 40 or 50. A study published in the November 2020 issue of JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics showed a considerable drop in cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment for older adults in 2020, including an 85% decline in breast cancer screenings, a 75% decrease in colon cancer screenings, a 74% decline in prostate cancer screenings and a 56% drop in lung cancer screenings. For example, a study presented at the recent European Lung Cancer Virtual Congress found that people with non-small-cell lung cancer presented with brain metastasis at a higher rate during the pandemic (39%) compared with historical rates of around 25%, Healio reports. “Through this campaign, we will not only be raising awareness of the importance of getting cancer screenings back on track but also providing important support services to help overcome any barriers that individuals need to access their cancer screenings.”

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