Pandemic heightened cancer screening disparities in Canada
The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated health disparities in breast and colorectal cancer screening, a study published November 20 in JAMA Network Open found.
Researchers led by Aisha Lofters, MD, PhD, from Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, found that the proportion of breast cancer screening use among people living in lower-income neighborhoods and immigrants decreased by nearly 10%. They also reported that people without family physicians had low screening uptake both before and after the pandemic.
“Policymakers should investigate the value …