Dr. Szilvia Salamon, a family physician with Providence Alaska Medical Center, photographed at a Providence clinic in south Anchorage on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
Fewer Alaskans were screened for cancer in 2020 than in pre-pandemic years
It’s too early to tell if the drop in screenings has had an impact on cancer rates, but the trend could be deadly.
These increases (if any) too will be attributed to Covid- even tho the virus was/is not present.
Well of course it will have an effect on cancer detection
rates; the less you screen the less you find. It will have no effect on cancer occurrence
rates, because cancer will happen whether you look for it or not.