MedStar Health DocTalk

Cancer Screenings During a Pandemic

August 01, 2021 Albert Aboulafia, MD Season 1 Episode 3
MedStar Health DocTalk
Cancer Screenings During a Pandemic
Show Notes

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There are approximately 16.9 million cancer survivors in the U.S. today—a number expected by the American Cancer Society to grow, in part, because of improvements in cancer screenings. But research has shown an 86 to 94 percent drop in preventive cancer screenings nationwide, just two months into the pandemic. Doc Talk host Mike Schuh talks with Dr. Albert Aboulafia, medical director of the MedStar Health Cancer Network in Baltimore, about the importance of scheduling essential cancer screenings like colonoscopies, mammograms, and lung CT scans. Early detection saves lives. Screening tests can find cancer before it spreads, and when it’s easier to treat.

Dr. Aboulafia is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the clinical and research aspects of cancer care. He is based at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. For interviews with Dr. Aboulafia, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Director of Media & Public Relations, [email protected]. Learn more about cancer screenings here.