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Cancer screenings dropped early in pandemic

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In the Massachusetts General Brigham healthcare system alone, about 1,438 cancerous and precancerous lesions may have gone undiagnosed from March to June 2020 because of pandemic-related disruptions in screenings, reports a JAMA Oncology research letter today.Fortunately, the data also indicated that in the subsequent 3 months, screening quantities were trending toward normal in the healthcare system, which is the largest in the Northeast."This investigation is especially timely given that we are currently dealing with a second, and potentially worse wave of the pandemic," said co-senior author Quoc-Dien Trinh, MD, in a Dana-Farber Cancer Institute press release."We have learned to leverage a redesigned patient flow, increased use of

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