Pandemic caused drop in health screenings, uptick in cancer rates

News 12 Staff

May 15, 2021, 5:28pm EDT

Updated on:May 15, 2021, 5:28pm EDT

The pandemic forced many Americans to stay indoors and, for many, that meant missing or delaying annual checkups and screenings that are designed to catch certain illnesses early, especially cancers.

As a result of patients missing those important screenings, there was an uptick in certain cancers and doctors say for fast-growing cancers like breast cancer or lung cancer, that could be dangerous for a patient.

Cancers that currently have screenings available are cervical, colon, lung and breast. However, doctors say they saw a drop in patients during the pandemic, which in turn caused the mortality rate to increase.

“Some of these cancers were not being caught early enough and therefore then leading to a higher morbidity and mortality. The later a cancer is diagnosed in its stage, the harder it is to treat,” says Dr. Sonia Chadha, of Amit Agarwal MD PC.

Chadha also said important vaccines that children get for measles, mumps and rubella also saw a drop in numbers because parents were not bringing their children to their pediatricians.

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