Keeping Up with Your Mammograms Through COVID-19
October 12, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted so many areas of our daily lives, from how we work and socialize to how we complete daily errands and regular routines, like going to the doctor for check-ups and preventative screenings, like mammograms. According to Epic Health Research Network’s data, breast and cervical cancer screenings in the United States dropped by 94% beginning in March.
This is troubling as cancer is not deterred by a pandemic. In fact, delayed cancer screenings lead to late detection and delayed diagnoses and treatment. Taking into account how communities of color continue to be disproportionally affected by both COVID-19 and breast cancer, this is particularly alarming.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women and that only tells half the story. Although white women are diagnosed with breast cancer at a higher rate than women of color, more African-American and Hispanic women die from breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, black women are 40% more likely to die of breast cancer than white women. A contributing factor to this disparity is that African American and Hispanic women are more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage, when breast cancer has possibly spread and is harder to treat.
What can you do?
- Know your risk.
- Know your family’s history and talk to your provider about when to start having mammograms.
- Get your mammogram.
- Regular mammograms are crucial for detecting breast cancer at an early stage when it is easier to treat.
- Support your sisters.
At ACCESS, we know that early detection saves lives. We offer referrals for breast cancer screenings. When you get your referral, call your health care facility to find out what precautions they’re taking to keep you safe from COVID-19. If you need support, contact our Women’s Outreach Coordinator today:
Maria Perez |773.648.4838 | Maria.Perez@achn.net
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