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Critical Need to Continue Cancer Screenings Amid Pandemic

Scripps MD Anderson leader explains dangers of postponing

A physician talks to a senior patient about X-ray results. Both people are wearing masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Scripps MD Anderson leader explains dangers of postponing

The San Diego Union-Tribune recently interviewed Thomas Buchholz, MD, about the need for patients to continue their cancer screenings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Studies show millions of Americans have missed their recommended screenings in 2020, which coincides with a drastic decrease in the numbers of new cancers diagnosed. This is a troubling trend, since early diagnosis and treatment are important for optimal cancer care outcomes. Facilities at Scripps MD Anderson are safe and open for screenings. Dr. Buchholz is medical director of Scripps MD Anderson and a Scripps Clinic physician.

Read the article in The San Diego Union-Tribune: Drop in cancer diagnoses masking an urgent health concern

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