The current pandemic does not minimize the importance of getting your mammogram, lung screening, colonoscopy or skin check. While these cancer screenings had to stop for a short time due to the prevalence of COVID-19, they are, once again, being offered with strict safety protocols, and you are encouraged to schedule your screenings today.
Unfortunately, even during a pandemic, cancers continue to form and grow, but some individuals might still be reluctant to seek care. In April alone, Middlesex Health saw just one-third of the new cancer cases it would normally expect to diagnose. This is worrisome because it is important that cancer is caught and treated as early as possible. Early detection can lead to better outcomes.
At Middlesex Health, your health and safety are the top priority, and the health system is taking extra precautions so that you are able to get your screenings and other care while minimizing your exposure to the coronavirus. All employees, patients and guests are expected to wear face masks while at a Middlesex Health facility. Middlesex screens for COVID-19 symptoms, has rearranged waiting rooms to encourage social distancing and has also increased the cleaning of its surfaces and equipment to ensure your safety.
“We know that going to a doctor’s office, or going for a procedure, may produce some anxiety during these uncertain times, but it is very important that you continue to take care of yourself,” says Dr. Andrea Malon, medical director of the Middlesex Health Cancer Center. “In addition to washing your hands and wearing your face mask, you should schedule your cancer screenings. These important screenings help identify any cancer concerns early, allowing you to live a healthier life. Putting these screenings off can have devastating consequences.”
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