Associate Editor for Contemporary OB/GYN
According to the findings, mammograms declined by 89.2% in April of this year.
A recent study in JCO Clinical Care Informatics found that, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, fewer patients sought cancer-related care this year than last.
The study analyzed patient encounter data via TriNetX, a global health research network of real-world evidence, and sought to measure the effects of COVID-19 on normal cancer care activities and screening efforts1.
Investigators from the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health (SKCC) analyzed the differences in patient encounters from January to April 2019 and compared it with the same months in 20201.
According to the findings, mammograms declined by 89.2% in April of this year. Although researchers found a substantial decrease in patient encounters across all cancer types, breast cancer-related encounters declined by 47.7%1.
These results suggest that ob/gyns may be faced with increased rates in the presentation of later-stage cancers in the coming months.
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