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Breast cancer screening gap worries specialists

In 2019, 703,000 women underwent routine screening for breast cancer in Ontario, compared to about 400,000 in 2020. Photo: iStock

(Elizabeth Payne/ Ottawa Citizen) — Three hundred thousand fewer women were screened for breast cancer in Ontario last year than in 2019, a dramatic drop that some fear will lead to a post-pandemic crisis of more serious, later-stage breast cancers.

Doctors say they are already seeing women arriving with more advanced cancers that have gone undetected longer.

“We know there are thousands of women who have not had their screening,” said Dr. Jean Seely, who is head of breast imaging at The Ottawa Hospital and president of the Canadian Society of Breast Imaging. (…)

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