When COVID-19 hit its peak, hospitals and screening facilities across the country did the right thing by cancelling patient appointments for screening mammograms, colonoscopies, skin checks, digital exams, and other routine measures for detecting cancer. Patients with no or low- risk factors were put on hold first, then as the pandemic continued, cancer survivors or those with an early-stage disease added to the list.
With each delay and each month that marches by, the pandemic has worsened instead of improved. There was hope when people were more diligent and taking precautions by wearing masks and social distancing, but due to fatigue, those precautions have become more relaxed. As a result, the delays in cancer screenings can no longer wait, and we need to get patients in for their appointments.