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Patients lagging on getting routine cancer checks amid pandemic

(KYMA, KECY) - Physicians across the country are worried about patients arriving in their offices with cancer in advanced stages.

Research shows nearly 64% of the population has put off routine screenings due to the pandemic.

Those include mammograms, colonoscopies, skin checks and pap smears.

Testing rates for breast and cervical cancer decreased by as much as 98% in some communities as the pandemic was taking hold last April.

Experts note the greatest declines were seen among women of color.

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April Hettinger

April was born and raised in San Diego where she loved the beach town and her two dogs, Lexi and Malibu. She decided to trade the beach for the snow and advanced her education at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

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