Many Americans Put Off Cancer Screenings Because of COVID-19

Many Americans Put Off Cancer Screenings Because of COVID-19

Nearly 10 million screenings for three common cancers were missed in the U.S. because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study suggests.

A comparison of monthly screening rates during the spring and summer of 2020 to rates during 2018 and 2019 revealed a 90.8% decline in breast cancer screening, a 79.3% decline in colorectal cancer screening, and a 63.4% decline in prostate cancer screening just in the month of April 2020, according to the report published.

Screening rates for breast and prostate cancers had recovered almost completely by July of 2020, but remained reduced by about 13% for colorectal cancers, the study found.

Read the full report from Medscape courtesy of Reuters Health.