The decreasing percentages of cancer screenings is potentially linked to the pandemic control efforts. At the start of the pandemic (April and May 2020), society saw business closures and deferred care in attempt to ‘slow the spread’. This led to job losses, misdiagnoses, or undiagnosed conditions.
In an article published in the New York Times, Yvette Lowery (a South Carolina resident), recalled when her annual mammogram was cancelled in March 2020 as medical facilities began to shut down at the start of the pandemic.
In August 2020, Lowery felt a lump under her arm but could not get a scheduled appointment until October 2020. Eventually, she was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer, and needed chemotherapy along with a double mastectomy.
One of her doctors stated that had Lowery’s cancer been detected in May 2020, it would have not had the opportunity to spread.