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New cancer diagnoses fell sharply as the coronavirus pandemic first hit – STAT

Far fewer cancers are being diagnosed during the coronavirus pandemic, in screening mammograms and colonoscopies or after symptoms prompt a doctor’s visit.

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By almost every measure, far fewer cancers are being diagnosed during the coronavirus pandemic, whether the decline shows up in screening mammograms and colonoscopies or in other tests ordered after troubling symptoms prompt a doctors visit.
A research letter published Tuesday in JAMA Network Open notes a steep downward slope in newly identified cases of six common cancer types, based on weekly numbers from Quest Diagnostics. The clinical laboratorys data add to similar analyses conducted in Ma…

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