COVID-19: KOMEN NEW RECOMMENDATION FOR SCREENING
SUSAN G. KOMEN® SUGGESTS NON-SYMPTOMATIC WOMEN DELAY ROUTINE BREAST CANCER SCREENING THIS SPRING
Response minimizes exposure, frees up needed health capacity to deal with COVID-19
DALLAS – March 18, 2020 – Susan G. Komen®, the world’s leading nonprofit breast cancer organization, today suggested healthy women of average risk delay routine breast cancer screening until later this year. The organization stressed that people who are displaying warning signs for breast cancer should contact their health provider to determine their need for diagnostic imaging. Komen made the recommendation to minimize exposure to and potential spreading of COVID-19 and to help support the health care system’s need to focus scarce health care capacity and resources on managing the pandemic and those most in need of support.
“As our health care system across the country begins to feel the strain from dealing with COVID-19, we all share a responsibility to help stem the spread and to support our health care providers as they focus on those most in need of care,” said Komen’s Chief Scientific Advisor, Dr. George Sledge, Jr. M.D., Professor of Medicine, and Chief of the Division of Oncology in the Department of Medicine at Stanford University. “Now is the time for doctors to delay routine screenings for healthy people who are not displaying warning signs of breast cancer. This also means it is critically important for people to know what is normal for them, and to report to their health care provider any changes so that necessary care can be provided.”
Komen noted that the warning signs for breast cancer are not the same for all women. The most common signs are changes to the look or feel of the breast. Visit komen.org to learn more about the warning signs for breast cancer. See a doctor if you notice any change in your breast.
SUSAN G. KOMEN® TOLL-FREE BREAST CARE HELPLINE AVAILABLE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS, GUIDE PEOPLE TO NEEDED RESOURCES
Online and Phone Resources Critical During Period of “Self-Distancing”
DALLAS – March 19, 2020
“In this time of social distancing, doctors’ appointments may be delayed, and people may be isolated from their usual sources of support,” said Susan Brown, Komen’s senior director of education and patient support. “We know this can create uncertainty and raises many questions. We are here for you, we care about you, we will support you. Susan G. Komen provides resources online and through our toll-free helpline to help patients, their families and loved ones going through breast cancer so that no one feels alone in a time of need.”
Komen’s Beast Care Helpline can provide information, social support and help with coping strategies related to anxiety or concerns during these uncertain times. Calls to the helpline are answered by a trained and caring staff member in English or Spanish, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET. You can reach the helpline by phone at 1-877-GO-KOMEN (465-6636), or by email at email@example.com
Komen also noted that COVID-19 is disrupting routine screenings for many women and supports delaying screening during this heath crisis. However, Komen strongly encourages people to know what is normal for them, and to report to their health care provider any changes. The warning signs for breast cancer are not the same for all women. The most common signs are changes to the look or feel of the breast, but a full list of warning signs for breast cancer can be found on komen.org. Contact a doctor if you notice any change in your breast.