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Will COVID make cancer worse? Doctors advise to keep up with healthcare even during pandemic

Posted On: Aug 6, 2020   |   Posted By: WGN TV

Will COVID make cancer worse? Doctors advise to keep up with healthcare even during pandemic

COVID and cancer. The concern for the virus may lead to an uptick in cancer diagnoses and deaths. As people avoid the hospital and preventative screenings, cancer is growing undetected and unencumbered.
Doctors say following the pandemic start and quarantine, there were fewer cancer cases. But now they are seeing patients and their cancers are at a more advanced stage.
William Small Jr. is the chairman and radiation oncology director of the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center at Loyola University.
“I am extremely distressed by that,” he said. “Finding cancers earlier are associated with a much higher rate of control and survival.:
less than half the women who normally get a mammogram got their screening from march to july. Doctors know from typical years there were breast tumors growing in that time.
“I don't think there's less cancers. We are just not seeing them.” Small Jr. said.
Visits to the gynecologist for routine pap smears which also look for cervical cancer were down dramatically.
Fewer people got...

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