Pandemic lockdown tied to worse outcomes in metastatic colorectal cancer, French study says

One of the most pressing questions during the coronavirus pandemic has been its impact on cancer detection, diagnosis, and treatment. During the first Covid-19 surge, swamped health-care systems suspended cancer screenings and some in-person care while some people stayed away for fear of Covid-19 infection.

Screening rates fell precipitously for cancers with common tests, inducing mammograms for breast cancer, Pap tests for cervical cancer, PSA testing for prostate, CT scans for lung cancer and colonoscopies for colorectal cancer. Those rates have rebounded somewhat, but another question may take longer to answer: Does the delay in screening matter?

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