Pottstown Hospital Urges Renewed Cancer Screenings

POTTSTOWN PA – Patients are being urged to resume screenings that diagnose and treat cancer during its earliest stages, Pottstown Hospital reported Wednesday (May 26, 2021). Its announcement is part of a nationwide effort to encourage regular primary care check-ups, made necessary because the pandemic is having a “negative impact” on identifying and treating those with cancer, it said.

Elective medical procedures, including cancer screenings, were largely put on hold when the pandemic began. Screening-related procedures dropped drastically in March and May 2020, according to the American Cancer Society. Estimates project that 35 percent of Americans missed routine cancer screenings due to coronavirus-related fears and service disruptions.

The society anticipates pandemic-related reductions will result in a short-term drop in cancer diagnoses, and a later, corresponding increase in late-state diagnoses and preventable deaths. “Simply put, regular cancer screening tests can improve and save your life,” Pottstown Cancer Center Director Peggy Neese said. “Screening increases the chance of detecting some cancers earlier and at their most treatable stage.”

Eligible for low-dose screening using a computed tomography scan may be area residents who are between the ages 50 and 80, who show no signs or symptoms of lung cancer, are current smokers or who have quit smoking in the pat 15 years, or those who have a cigarette smoking habit of at least 20-pack years. For more information, call Pottstown Hospital Lung Navigator Anita Slobodin at (610)-327-7524.