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Cancer screenings bounced back after steep pandemic declines, Rand report shows


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After cancer screenings for breast and colon cancers plummeted at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, they rebounded by the end of July, according to a new report in the Journal of General Internal Medicine that analyzed the private insurance claims of 6.8 million people ages 45 to 64.

In fact, the rate of women seeking mammograms was higher by the end of July than in the months leading up to the pandemic. Prior to mid-March, or when the public health crisis began, the median weekly rate of mammogram screenings were 87.8 women per 10,000 beneficiaries. That figure improved to 88.2 screenings per 10,000 beneficiaries by the end of July.

However, the rate of colonoscopies did not return to pre-pandemic levels, but returned to near normal, according to the researchers. In the months leading up to the crisis, median weekly colonoscopy rates were 15.1 per 10,000 beneficiaries and later rebounded to only 12.6 per 10,000 beneficiaries.

Dive Insight:

The fallout from the pandemic has fueled serious concerns about the long-term health consequences for Americans as they delayed care either due to pandemic-related restrictions or their own fears about returning to in-person care.Healthcare facilities across the […]

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