COVID-19 Causing Colon Screen Delays

May 25, 2021
The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

Many people put off colonoscopies because of the pandemic. A study by Epic Health Research Network found an 86% drop in that potential lifesaving test from January through April of last year.

According to Jeffery Nelson, M.D., FACS, FASCRS Surgical Director, The Center for Inflammatory Bowel and Colorectal Diseases at Mercy, could hit women especially hard as colon cancer is the third most common cancer in women.

"Talk to a medical care provider if you can about what your risk factors are. Get your individual risk assessed. It is different for everyone. Some people are average, medium, high risk for colon cancer," Dr. Nelson said.

To view Mercy colorectal surgeon Dr. Jeffery Nelson’s interview regarding delays in colon cancer screenings due to COVID-19, click here.

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