Cancer Diagnoses Down With COVID-19 Cases on the Rise

From: Arkansas News Service

Doctors are calling it an alarming trend – new cancer diagnoses have dropped since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, likely because people are letting routine cancer screening and other medical appointments lapse.

Dr. Joshua Ofman is Chief Medical Officer at GRAIL, Inc, a healthcare company that focuses on cancer detection. He says the earlier a person’s cancer is detected, the greater the odds they will survive. He is concerned this year many Americans might be missing the window for early diagnosis.

One survey found more than a third of American adults have skipped their scheduled cancer screenings during the pandemic. Before the pandemic, U-S cancer death rates were on the decline, dropping by 25-percent in the past two decades. However, the C-D-C says cancers linked to weight gain and obesity are on the rise.

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