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At-home cancer screening could thrive after the pandemic


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Reuters Health - 23/11/2020 - Cancer screenings have dropped across the board during the coronavirus pandemic, yet home screening for colorectal cancer decreased less than in-person methods, which could suggest a potential option for the future, according to a group of doctors. At-home tests, paired with follow-up telemedicine appointments and in-office diagnostic tests, may open up new avenues for patients to access care and obtain regular screenings, particularly for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers, they write in Cancer. "The virus continues to plague us, and our public health system is still struggling to control the resurgence. We may yet experience additional closures that would impact routine preventive visits, such as those for cancer screening and vaccinations," said lead author Dr. Sherri Sheinfeld Gorin of the University of Michigan School of Medicine in Ann Arbor. Missed or delayed screenings can lead to late diagnoses and late-stage-cancer...


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