Pandemic Brought Big Drop in Breast Cancer Screenings

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By Robert Preidt
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, Aug. 31, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Many parts of the United States saw a significant drop in breast cancer screening of older low-income women during the COVID-19 pandemic, new research shows.

The analysis of data from 32 community health centers that serve low-income people found that breast cancer screening for 50- to 74-year-old women dropped 8% between July 2019 and July 2020. That wiped out an 18% increase between July 2018 and July 2019.

“This study is important because these populations have long-standing barriers to accessing care, lower breast screening rates, higher breast cancer [death] rates, and are especially vulnerable to health care disruptions,” said study leader Stacey Fedewa of the American Cancer Society.

If the 2018 to 2019 trend had continued through 2020, about 63% of women would have been screened for breast cancer in…

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