Cancer Care Centers of Brevard Share the Importance of Early Cancer Screening and Exams
The physicians at Cancer Care Centers of Brevard are urging patients to schedule their missed or delayed cancer screenings and exams. Over the last six months, there has been a significant drop in crucial screenings, as much as 94 percent for certain types of cancer. Precautionary measures and patient concern during the COVID-19 pandemic are the likely cause of this disruption.
“Extended delays may result in many cancer cases going undiagnosed or being diagnosed at a later stage when they are more difficult to treat,” says Sumeet Chandra, MD, a Hematologist and Medical Oncologist with Cancer Care Centers of Brevard. “Early detection is the most effective way to prevent cancer death.” Mammograms, colonoscopies, and other routine screenings are encouraged, and patients who are high-risk or have symptoms of concern should contact their doctor immediately about available cancer screenings and diagnostic tests.
In addition, physicians recommend that patients get screened if they are overdue for their screening or have a family history of cancer and other high-risk factors.
Any person with cancer or a suspected cancer diagnosis is urged to contact Cancer Care Centers of Brevard at 833-394-4904 or visit CancerCareBrevard.comfor more information on early screening and treatment options.