As COVID-19 cases surged during the initial waves of the pandemic, cancer screenings declined rapidly and remain at dangerously low levels. This is deeply concerning because screenings help detect cancer early, when it is most treatable. Detecting cancer early may save your life.
Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines for keeping health care facilities safe during the pandemic – including testing for COVID-19 symptoms among staff and patients, requiring face coverings, and limiting crowds – screening facilities are open and providing safe options for getting screened.
The Time to Screen campaign makes it easy for anyone to learn how to schedule an appointment at a convenient location and learn more about the importance of early cancer detection. The campaign provides assistance and educational resources, including the toll-free hotline and website featuring information on screenings for breast, colorectal, cervical, prostate, lung, and skin (melanoma) cancer