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According to a new study published in Cancer, there was an 8% decline from July 2019 to 2020 in breast cancer screening rates in community clinics in low-income communities. If that trend continued through the remainder of 2020, there will have been more than 47,000 fewer mammograms performed and approximately 242 missed diagnoses.

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Rates of Breast Cancer Screenings Dipped in Low-Income Communities During Pandemic

A new study finds breast cancer screening rates (BCSRs) declined among women aged 50 to 74 years within 32 community health centers that serve lower-income populations during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. The report, appearing in the journal Cancer, suggests that BCSRs within community clinics in low-income communities declined by 8% from July 2019 to July 2020, reversing an 18% improvement between July 2018 and July 2019.

This is one of the first studies to examine BCSRs among lower-income populations during the pandemic. Investigators led by Stacey Fedewa, PhD, of the American Cancer Society (ACS), examined BCSRs among 32 community health centers that provide health care services to communities of color and lower-income populations and received grant funding from the ACS to improve their BCSRs.

“This study is important because these populations have long-standing barriers to accessing care, lower breast screening rates, higher breast cancer mortality rates, and are especially vulnerable to health care disruptions,” Fedewa says.

Findings show that if 2018 to 2019 BCSR trends continued through 2020, 63.3% of women would have been screened for breast cancer in 2020 compared with the 49.6% of women that did get screened. These data translate to potentially 47,517 fewer mammograms and 242 missed breast cancer diagnoses.

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