Cancer Screenings Plunged Early in Pandemic

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Source: Sansum Clinic

New research published in JAMA Oncology confirms that the COVID-19 pandemic caused sharp declines nationwide in spring 2020 screenings for breast cancer, prostate cancer and colorectal cancer, a data trend that is also mirrored locally at Sansum Clinic.

Looking at single-payer administrative data and enrollment information for approximately 60 million people covered by Medicare and commercial health plans, the JAMA study’s researchers found that between March and May of 2020, rates for breast, colorectal and prostate screenings greatly decreased, with the biggest decline in April (breast, −90.8%; colorectal, −79.3%; prostate, −63.4%.)  That’s more than 9 million fewer screenings than the previous year. 

“These screenings are critical to the detection of cancer at an early stage, when it is more treatable and most curable,” commented Medical Oncologist Fred Kass, MD, Ridley-Tree Cancer Center’s Medical Director.

The researchers noted that the larger deficit for breast and colorectal cancer could be due to those types of screenings being procedure-based, as opposed to the lab tests used to screen for prostate cancer. Numbers did eventually rebound, but did so more gradually in the western United States.

During this same time period, Sansum Clinic experienced a 93% drop in the number of colon cancer screenings and a 92% drop in the number of breast cancer screenings. Within six months, these screening rates did return to baseline.

To combat this deficit here in Santa Barbara, Dr. Kass created a cancer prevention public service announcement to encourage screenings in the fall of 2020. Kass agrees with a recommendation from the study’s authors that a dedicated public health campaign to reinforce the importance of cancer screenings could be of great help. Statistics from the National Cancer Institute show that breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of the disease in the U.S., followed by prostate and colorectal cancers in third and fourth place respectively, after lung cancer.

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Babycakes Jun 04, 2021 11:26 AM
Cancer Screenings Plunged Early in Pandemic

Fauci's "Expect the Unexpected: Ten Lessons on Truth, Service, and the Way Forward" book is pulled/scrubbed. The disgraced Dr. Fauci making money off of his lies to us won't be tolerated. Facts and science change in his world, and so do the winds of fortune for Tony the TV doc. Talk about the unexpected. How shameful and dishonest of him, but I don't think he will ever publicly come "clean."

a-1622737741 Jun 03, 2021 09:29 AM
Cancer Screenings Plunged Early in Pandemic

I'll ignore the voices of unreason comments, and urge you to do your routine maintenance. I went to my annual physical last June, was referred to a urologist due to an elevated PSA level, went through cancer screening to find I had prostate cancer, underwent a prostatectomy and am now recovering. My cancer was exiting the prostate and heading towards nearby lymph nodes. Going to my physical last June possibly saved my life, and certainly saved me a lot of grief. Take care of yourselves. On a related note, a friends sister didn't do any recommended screenings and died of breast cancer over roughly the same time period. She was probably farther along than I was, but she might still be alive if she had gone to the doctor in time.

Voice of Reason Jun 03, 2021 08:57 AM
Cancer Screenings Plunged Early in Pandemic

Last year 571 members of the armed services committed suicide, only 21 died from Covid-19. In San Francisco, where our dear governor was mayor from 2004-2011 and a bastion of CA's super awesome and very effective progressive agenda, 697 people died in 2020 from accidental drug overdoses, only 257 died with Covid.-19. We're now giving out donuts, cheeseburgers, ice cream and BEER to encourage people to get a vaccine for a virus where 80% of those hospitalized were overweight or obese. THIS IS SO MESSED UP!

Voice of Reason Jun 03, 2021 04:18 PM
Cancer Screenings Plunged Early in Pandemic

Here you go Pit, I actual use sources for the information I post rather than puling things from thin air like at your doomsday predictions and skewed covid stats over the past year, Duke can provide some examples when he's back..... https://www.capradio.org/articles/2021/04/29/fact-check-did-san-francisco-have-twice-as-many-drug-overdose-deaths-as-covid-deaths-in-2020/

PitMix Jun 03, 2021 04:00 PM
Cancer Screenings Plunged Early in Pandemic

Do you just make up numbers? I see 546 deaths recorded by SFPHD. Calls into question all of your other numbers and any conclusions that you might make based on them.
https://data.sfgov.org/stories/s/COVID-19-Cases-and-Deaths/dak2-gvuj/

a-1622757349 Jun 03, 2021 02:55 PM
Cancer Screenings Plunged Early in Pandemic

What's messed up is making apples to oranges comparisons that are completely meaningless. Have you heard of logical fallacies? You may benefit from a good read and some followup introspection.

Shasta Guy Jun 03, 2021 07:48 AM
Cancer Screenings Plunged Early in Pandemic

Accompanying this issue will be impacts on child development, lagging academic performance, and increased substance abuse issues induced by the lockdown. I fear we’ll have a lost generation of young people because they were made prisoners at home for a year.

a-1622750003 Jun 03, 2021 12:53 PM
Cancer Screenings Plunged Early in Pandemic

My grandmother was in her developmental years during the 1918 pandemic and she came out fine. Likewise with my parents and the Great Depression. I think the kids will be fine. We are not losing a generation.

Babycakes Jun 02, 2021 02:01 PM
Cancer Screenings Plunged Early in Pandemic

Dr. Fauci's book is coming out in November, and hopefully he has some explanations as to the decisions that he made. I want to read about his reasons for lying to us (esp. herd immunity) for our own good. How on earth did he (even with help) have any time whatsoever to write a book?

doulie Jun 03, 2021 07:35 PM
Cancer Screenings Plunged Early in Pandemic

BABYCAKES - Fauci's book in November will have a follow-up book released during March 2022 reversing comments made in his first (November) book.

sacjon Jun 03, 2021 02:59 PM
Cancer Screenings Plunged Early in Pandemic

VOR - Did he golf? Suggest drinking bleach? Troll his enemies? Lie and spread false news about an election that wasn't stolen (at least according to his very own appointed AG)? Did none of those things happen? They all did. Verifiably did. So.... where's the "lies and misinformation?"

Voice of Reason Jun 03, 2021 09:47 AM
Cancer Screenings Plunged Early in Pandemic

Thank you for the post @9:31, it's a great example. --- You claim others spread lies and misinformation in a one sentence post where you... spread lies and misinformation. That about sums up the media today! "Don't believe their misinformation believe our (mis)information"!

a-1622737886 Jun 03, 2021 09:31 AM
Cancer Screenings Plunged Early in Pandemic

Couldn't Dump golf, drink bleach, shill for his golf courses, troll his enemies, spread lies and misinformation, and run the country all on the same day?

sacjon Jun 02, 2021 04:09 PM
Cancer Screenings Plunged Early in Pandemic

"How on earth did he (even with help) have any time whatsoever to write a book?" - seems clear you were picking at his ability to do more than 1 thing. If not, I do apologize for my tone. The point remains though, that I see a lot of criticism from the right every time a liberal does something they don't agree with, saying "what about this? or what about that?" If I misjudged your comment, sorry.

Babycakes Jun 02, 2021 03:19 PM
Cancer Screenings Plunged Early in Pandemic

SACJON: Possibly you did not read my comment correctly, otherwise your interpretation of what I wrote is way off. At a minimum, your tone seems "odd" to me, but that is MY interpretation of your response. I'm sure that if I met you in person you would not come off as you do, and we would get along just fine. There's an old saying that my father used to use, and it went something like this: "When the going gets tough, the tough get going. And when the tough get going, the going gets tough." Simple words, but the meaning holds true even today. God bless you and your family.

Voice of Reason Jun 02, 2021 03:04 PM
Cancer Screenings Plunged Early in Pandemic

Sac, again bringing in politics where there is none as a way to deflect from how incredibly wrong you and others were in supporting CA's messed up, non-scientific 100% political response to Covid-19. With the information that has come out, and will continue to come out, CA's response is simply indefensible.

sacjon Jun 02, 2021 03:01 PM
Cancer Screenings Plunged Early in Pandemic

BABYCAKES - it's funny how conservatives constantly jab at liberal politicians or other leaders/scientists, etc and proclaim disbelief when that person does more than one thing in a day. Believe it or not, even the busiest people find time in their schedule to do things other than what you think they do. Sometimes, even presidents play golf on Memorial Day during a global pandemic or other seemingly busy events. Weird, huh?

Voice of Reason Jun 02, 2021 02:02 PM
Cancer Screenings Plunged Early in Pandemic

Soon many others will realize this too NonBidenary, unfortunately too late to do much good other than, hopefully, preventing this type of authoritarian control over our day-to-day lives from ever happening again. The government does not know what's best, we know what's best for ourselves, our families, and our communities. The various levels of government are there to support us, to guide us, not to control us.

racjax Jun 02, 2021 12:47 PM
Cancer Screenings Plunged Early in Pandemic

My niece did not get her mammogram in 2020 due to covid shutdown. She has now been diagnosed with level 3 stage 3 breast cancer. Very sad.

PitMix Jun 03, 2021 03:51 PM
Cancer Screenings Plunged Early in Pandemic

Sister-in-law diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer 5 yrs ago and is still doing pretty well. If your genetics match the current medicines, docs can really help you live a long life now....

Shasta Guy Jun 02, 2021 12:39 PM
Cancer Screenings Plunged Early in Pandemic

This is too true. I know someone who might still be alive had he gotten a colonoscopy a year ago. He died of stage 4 colon cancer at age 55. Don’t put off your precautionary cancer screenings because they can save your life.

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