Fewer women scheduling mammograms amid coronavirus pandemic

Fewer women are scheduling mammograms to avoid going to the doctor during the pandemic, but survivors and doctors are urging women to make the appointment because it could save lives.Suzanne Hearn was 27 when she received the phone call that she had breast cancer.In the spring of last year, she noticed a lump on her breast, and admitted, even before the pandemic, she hesitated to make an appointment.”I noticed it and thought, ‘That’s kind of weird. Definitely hasn’t always been there, but maybe it will just go away on its own,’” Hearn said.She made an appointment and is grateful that she did.Hearn stressed that women should do self-exams routinely and to schedule a mammogram.”This screening technique is being held to a very high standard. There is no place else where we expect an X-ray to save a life,” Dr. Tracey Wiesberg said.Wiesberg said patients should feel safe going to medical appointments during the pandemic and not to avoid them.“Our building is safe to come into. People are screened. We’re not letting overtly ill people in. The waiting rooms are very much decompressed, so you’re not in a packed in a waiting room,” Wiesberg said.Hearn has finished her radiation treatments and continues to recover. She said she feels grateful for catching her cancer when she did and hopes others can do the same.“The biggest thing is having the power to advocate for yourself and to really know when something feels not quite right in your own body, and to know it’s OK to say, ‘No, I want this test,’” Hearn said.

Fewer women are scheduling mammograms to avoid going to the doctor during the pandemic, but survivors and doctors are urging women to make the appointment because it could save lives.

Suzanne Hearn was 27 when she received the phone call that she had breast cancer.

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In the spring of last year, she noticed a lump on her breast, and admitted, even before the pandemic, she hesitated to make an appointment.

“I noticed it and thought, ‘That’s kind of weird. Definitely hasn’t always been there, but maybe it will just go away on its own,’” Hearn said.

She made an appointment and is grateful that she did.

Hearn stressed that women should do self-exams routinely and to schedule a mammogram.

“This screening technique is being held to a very high standard. There is no place else where we expect an X-ray to save a life,” Dr. Tracey Wiesberg said.

Wiesberg said patients should feel safe going to medical appointments during the pandemic and not to avoid them.

“Our building is safe to come into. People are screened. We’re not letting overtly ill people in. The waiting rooms are very much decompressed, so you’re not in a packed in a waiting room,” Wiesberg said.

Hearn has finished her radiation treatments and continues to recover. She said she feels grateful for catching her cancer when she did and hopes others can do the same.

“The biggest thing is having the power to advocate for yourself and to really know when something feels not quite right in your own body, and to know it’s OK to say, ‘No, I want this test,’” Hearn said.