More than one-third of people in the U.S. have missed routine screenings this year.
During Cancer Screen Week December 7-11, the American Cancer Society and partners Genentech, Rally Health, and Stand Up To Cancer aim to increase awareness around the potentially lifesaving benefits of getting screened for certain cancers.
Cancer Screen Week is particularly important this year, as more than one-third of people living in the U.S. have missed routine cancer screenings due to COVID-19, potentially leading to many cancers being undetected.
This year alone, there were nearly 1 million fewer mammograms, colorectal cancer screenings, and cervical cancer screenings, compared to previous years. The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened potential social determinants of health by creating additional challenges, such as unemployment, potential delays for health appointments, or being at higher risk of COVID-19 infection or complications.
We are calling on healthcare providers, employers, insurers, community members and others to join us in encouraging everyone to talk to their doctor about which screenings are recommended for them.
A toolkit including a fact sheet, posters, reminder card, and social media posts, has been created for all audiences and includes ideas on how to use the materials within your network. You can choose to use the full toolkit or just certain materials, which can be downloaded and accessed here.
Learn more at CancerScreenWeek.org.