COVID-19 & Colon Cancer: What You Need to Know

Posted By Author on September 16, 2020

Many GI practices nationwide were forced to close their doors during the height of the COVID-19 crisis, preventing patients from receiving the care they need. One study reported an estimated 90% decrease in colon cancer, breast and cervical cancer screenings, while another revealed a corresponding drop in cancer diagnoses.

Now that states have eased restrictions and many practices have resumed operation, the number of screenings is on the rise. Research, however, shows that screenings are still about a third lower than pre-pandemic.

While colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, it is also one of the most curable when detected early. That’s why screenings are so incredibly important.

Colon cancer is becoming increasingly prevalent in younger people, which is yet another reason NOT to delay your colonoscopy. Americans under age 50 with a family history or prolonged symptoms of colon cancer are encouraged to schedule an appointment.

Here at Charleston GI, we remain hopeful that the number of cancer screenings will continue to increase – especially here in the Lowcountry. We have taken every precaution to ensure your visit is a safe one, implementing new sanitization practices and safety protocols to protect patients and staff.

Plus, with three surgery centers throughout the Lowcountry, getting your colon cancer screening is simple and convenient! Because prevention is our priority, we’ve made it easier than ever to get great care close to home. So skip the long commute and come see us today!

To learn more about COVID-19’s impact on colon cancer screenings, or to schedule yours, get in touch today!