CDC Campaign Fights Declining Cancer Screening Rates
Nearly 1.9 million people in the United States will be diagnosed (https://voice.ons.org/news-and-views/patient-education-reduces-barriers-and-increases-adherence-rates) with cancer in 2021. However, overall cancer screenings dropped roughly 80% in 2020 (https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7004a1.htm) because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and statewide stay-at-home orders. To combat the decline, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) new outreach campaign reminds patients (https://www.cbs58.com/news/doctors-encourage-preventative-health-screenings-amid-covid-19-pandemic) and providers of the importance of cancer screening (https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/ncccp/priorities/early-detection-treatment.htm).
CDC created patient-centered resources, including an animated video (https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/cervical/basic_info/screening.htm) on cervical cancer screening, screening recommendations (https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/prevention/screening.htm) for each type of cancer, and a virtual simulation (https://voice.ons.org/advocacy/cdcs-virtual-simulation-guides-patients-with-prostate-cancer-from-screening-to-treatment) to help patients navigate prostate cancer, from screening to treatment. The agency is also promoting practices that keep patients and providers safe (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/index.html) so everyone can feel secure giving and receiving in-person care.
“Cancer doesn’t wait; neither should you,” Lisa Richardson, MD, MPH, director of CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, said (https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/prevention/screening.htm). “We know COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind right now.”
“But that doesn’t mean you should neglect your routine health care,” Robert Carlson, MD, chief executive officer at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, added (https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/prevention/screening.htm).
Education is an essential aspect of cancer screening (https://voice.ons.org/news-and-views/patient-education-reduces-barriers-and-increases-adherence-rates). Through resources like CDC and ONS, oncology nurses can help patients develop individual screening plans (https://voice.ons.org/news-and-views/develop-your-individual-cancer-screening-plan) and navigate every inch of the cancer care continuum.