October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Many women have expressed concern about getting a mammogram or breast cancer screening during COVID-19 because early in the pandemic many routine medical appointments were pushed back because there was fear about exposure or exposing others to COVID. Some women’s health care providers are worried that women (and at-risk men) are not getting there breast cancer screenings and they know that early detection is critical to improving outcomes for people who have breast cancer. Current recommendations are to maintain routine breast cancer screening schedules as long as you are not feeling sick or having any COVID-19 symptoms AND you are not immunocompromised. If you are immunocompromised you should talk with your healthcare provider to discuss your individual risk and what is in your best interest.

Many precautions are being taken to protect the health of every individual entering a health care facility – some of which include;

  • Screening everyone for COVID-19 symptoms before they enter the health care facility
  • A symptomatic testing prior a new patient appointment
  • Face mask at all times
  • No persons at the appointment other than the patient unless special circumstances require 1 adult caregiver support
  • Social Distancing and plexiglass barriers
  • Increase virtual visits

To learn more about breast cancer screening during the COVID-19 pandemic visit Susan G. Komen Coronavirus Information at https://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/coronavirus-information/

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