Breast Cancer

Mammograms are down since the COVID-19 pandemic [Video]

Doctors are encouraging women to get the annual exam, after cancer screenings dropped 94% during the pandemic.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — Doctors nationwide are encouraging women to get their annual mammograms, saying exams have dropped significantly since the pandemic started.

“Some of the national data suggests that in March of 2020, screenings fell off by 94%. That had to do specifically with breast, colon and cervical cancer screenings,” said Dr. Thomas Buchholz, Medical Director of the Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center.

News 8’s Shannon Handy went in for her first mammogram Tuesday at the Polster Breast Care Center at Scripps MD Anderson in La Jolla.

Having just turned 40 years old, a mammogram is something doctors say women her age should consider doing every year.

According to Shannon, the process wasn’t painful and was completed in about 10 minutes. 

Doctors say because fewer women are going in for their mammograms, cancer is being detected later on when it’s …

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