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Survey finds more advanced cancer cases being observed than before pandemic: Doctors say don’t put off preventive screening

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and an alarming trend has emerged from the coronavirus pandemic.

Patients at cancer centers across the state are showing up with more advanced diseases than before the pandemic.

News10NBC recently spoke with Dr. Jonathan Friedberg, Director of the Wilmot Cancer Institute, who said the trend has been seen at different locations.

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“Not necessarily numerically more [cases],” he explained. “But int makes sense that if people put off their screening or weren’t doing their routine health maintenance, you’re going to see a lag and then you’re going to see more advanced cancers.”

That trend has been backed up by data, too. The American Society for Radiation Oncology says more advanced cases of cancer are being observed across the board.

For those who might still be concerned about COVID – medical professionals remind patients that social distancing and masking still is universally practiced in medical facilities.

Friedberg says don’t put off that screening.



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