Delayed cancer screenings a major concern as pandemic moves into second year

Delayed cancer screenings are at an all-time high, according to health experts.

The University of Rochester’s Wilmot Cancer Institute says it’s ramping up its community outreach efforts to get particular community groups into the office for their appointments, according to News10NBC, who recently dug into the matter.

Patients were ultimately left with two choices- risk getting COVID by attending a precautionary screening, or miss out on a diagnosis that could ultimately save their life.

Experts like Paula Cupertino, a member of Wilmot’s community engagement team, says a number of barriers are keeping people away- like what’s the cost, transportation, insurance changes, and even childcare.

Healthcare systems around the state are working to ease these burdens. Check with your local doctor to find out what’s available.

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