Komen Suggests Delaying Routine Mammograms During COVID-19 Outbreak

Komen Suggests Delaying Routine Mammograms During COVID-19 Outbreak
To help minimize the threat of COVID-19 to themselves and others, healthy women at average risk should postpone breast cancer screening until later this year, Susan G. Komen recommends. However, the nonprofit organization emphasized that those experiencing breast cancer warning signs should alert their healthcare providers to assess the need for diagnostic imaging. Komen's recommendation also aims to help free the healthcare system to assist individuals most in need of support. The coronavirus disease COVID-19 has been labeled a pandemic by the World Health Organization. “As our healthcare system across the country begins to feel the strain from dealing with COVID-19, we all share a responsibility to help stem the spread and to support our healthcare providers as they focus on those most in need of care,” George Sledge Jr., MD, chief of the division of oncology in the department of medicine at Stanford University, said in a press release. “Now is the time for doctors to delay routine screenings for healthy people who are not displaying warning signs of breast cancer," he said. "This also means it is critically important for people to know what is normal for them, and to report to their healthcare provider any changes so that necessary care can be provided.” Due to the regular use of mammography screening, most breast cancers in the U.S. are found at an early stage, before warning signs appear. However, some breast cancers are discovered after after warning signs are noticed. Although such signs are not the same for all women, the most common are changes to the breast or nipple’s look or feel. Warning signs include a lump, hard knot or thickening inside a breast or under an arm; a breast that is swollen, warm, reddish or darkened; any change i
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