The Pandemic’s Impact on Breast Cancer Screenings

The focus of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a simple, but vitally important message. Approximately one in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer in their lifetime and early detection is the key to survival.

“This is a month where we want to make women aware to go get their screening, go get their imaging as well as their clinical exams,” said CHI St. Vincent breast surgeon Dr. Sirinya Prasertvit. She noted that annual breast screenings and mammograms are essential for women above the age of 40.

Disruptions to daily life and new routines in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic caused many women to delay those essential health practices. While many individuals and communities have long begun adjusting, the impact of those delayed screenings has already been felt by many patients.

“Breast cancers are being detected later when they’re larger and less easily removed with surgery or treated with radiation,” said CHI St. Vincent oncologist Dr. Peter Emanuel.

Dr. Emanuel directs the CHI St. Vincent Oncology Clinic and his team works hand-in-hand with Dr. Prasertvit to better address and treat breast cancer patients. Dr. Prasertvit is part of the team of radiologists, pathologists, oncologists and support groups at the CHI St. Vincent Breast Center, which offers the full range of breast care, including education, screening, diagnostics and surgical consultation.

To schedule an appointment at the CHI St. Vincent Breast Center, call: 501.661.9766