The Weekly: Cancer screenings drop, Obamacare and more

Published on May 15, 2020

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Dramatic drop in cancer diagnoses amid COVID pandemic is cause for concern, doctors say

Dramatic drop in cancer diagnoses amid COVID pandemic is cause for concern, doctors say

THURSDAY, May 15 (ABC News)—At the onset of the novel coronavirus, American healthcare providers sought to limit non-essential in-person visits, opting instead to put off routine examinations – including annual cancer screenings – as part of an effort to curb risky face-to-face interactions.

“It has not been my sense that there is going to be a bump up in cancer mortality because of COVID,” said Dr. John Glaspy, an oncologist at UCLA. Rather, he said, “there’s going to be a bump up in work load in a month or two.”

Regardless, experts agree that cancer screenings cannot be delayed forever. In time, doctors said, those non-essential in-person screenings may become essential.

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2020 Prevent Cancer Dialogue

Save the dates: 2020 Virtual Prevent Cancer Dialogue

We are excited to announce details for the 2020 Virtual Prevent Cancer Dialogue.

The virtual Dialogue will take place in 3 webcasts:

  • Cervical Cancer and HPV: Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at 12:30 p.m. ET
  • Innovative Technologies to Expand Cancer Screening: Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at 12:30 p.m. ET
  • Challenges and Opportunities for Cancer Prevention and Screening in Indian Country: Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at 12:30 p.m. ET

Keeping with the true spirit of the Prevent Cancer Dialogue, we will have engaging presentations as part of moderated panels, interactive Q&A with panelists, facilitated peer-to-peer conversations on trending topics and informative poster presentations.

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