In early 2020, Americans stayed home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We also stayed out of hospitals to enable health care providers to treat patients at the greatest risk of dying due to this highly infectious disease. As a result, millions of Americans put off cancer screenings, follow-up visits and even treatments.
Now experts fear that missed screenings, such as mammograms and colonoscopies, may mean cancer diagnoses have been ignored or delayed, according to the Wall Street Journal.
To help increase your chances of detecting cancer early, seek guidance from your health care providers and follow these five essential steps.
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Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) is a national network of five hospitals that serves adult patients who are fighting cancer. CTCA® offers an integrative approach to care that combines advancements in genomic testing and precision cancer treatment, surgery, radiation, immunotherapy and chemotherapy, with evidence-informed supportive therapies designed to help patients physically and emotionally by enhancing their quality of life while managing side effects both during and after treatment.