High-risk mammogram patients ‘hesitant’ to show up for appointments amid COVID-19
(Carolyn Ray/ CBC) — Staff at the Nova Scotia breast screening program are trying to reassure patients that it’s safe to come in after an alarming number of high-risk women skipped their mammogram.
“It’s a little disheartening. If people aren’t comfortable coming, they really shouldn’t take an appointment,” said Trena Metcalfe, the program manager for the Nova Scotia breast screening program.
High-risk patients include breast cancer survivors, and women showing symptoms such as a lump.
While emergency mammograms continued at hospitals amid COVID-19, screenings at clinics were shut down for two months. This meant that 12,000 routine appointments and 6,000 diagnostic appointments for higher-risk patients were missed out on.
Mammograms started up again for high-risk patients on May 13. But right away, Metcalfe knew there was an issue. (…)read full story