Published on August 13, 2021
Updated on October 25, 2021
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As more Americans are vaccinated against the coronavirus, their comfort in going to the doctor and dentist is increasing, but many still need to reschedule lifesaving routine cancer screenings. The third survey from the Prevent Cancer Foundation, the only U.S.-based nonprofit organization focused solely on cancer prevention and early detection, shows mixed results for long-term cancer prevention.
“This newest wave of our survey shows that many people are aware they have put their health at risk during the pandemic, but awareness isn’t action. We hope everyone will be motivated to get their annual physicals, dental appointments and routine cancer screenings ‘back on the books.’ Early detection saves lives,” said Carolyn “Bo” Aldigé, Founder and CEO of the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
The new survey released by the Prevent Cancer Foundation was fielded one year after the initial May 2020 survey on cancer screening behavior during the pandemic. This survey reports both positive trends and areas for concern for Americans:
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The Prevent Cancer Foundation also offers tips on how to safely keep doctors’ appointments and provides resources for the recommended cancer screenings for your age.
There are many ways to reduce your cancer risk, including never smoking, eating a healthy diet, getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity at least 5 days a week and protecting your skin from the sun. The Prevent Cancer Foundation encourages everyone to make their health a priority. Prevention and early detection matter.
About the Prevent Cancer Foundation®
The Prevent Cancer Foundation® is celebrating 35 years as the only U.S. nonprofit organization focused solely on saving lives across all populations through cancer prevention and early detection. Through research, education, outreach and advocacy, we have helped countless people avoid a cancer diagnosis or detect their cancer early enough to be successfully treated.
The Foundation is rising to meet the challenge of reducing cancer deaths by 40% by 2035. To achieve this, we are committed to investing $20 million for innovative technologies to detect cancer early and advance multi-cancer screening, $10 million to expand cancer screening and vaccination access to medically underserved communities, and $10 million to educate the public about screening and vaccination options. For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org.