/Covid-19 Outbreaks Led to Dangerous Delay in Cancer Diagnoses – The Wall Street Journal

Covid-19 Outbreaks Led to Dangerous Delay in Cancer Diagnoses – The Wall Street Journal


A decline in mammograms and other screening procedures after the coronavirus pandemic struck is leading to missed and delayed cancer diagnoses, according to data from insurance claims, lab orders, Medicare billings and oncology-practice records, an emerging pattern that is alarming oncologists.

Hundreds of thousands of cancer screenings were deferred after worries about Covid-19 shut down much of the U.S. health-care system starting this spring. Because many cancers can advance rapidly, months without detection could mean…

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