Potential ‘Massive Wave’ of Cancer from Avoiding Routine Medical Care

Potential ‘Massive Wave’ of Cancer from Avoiding Routine Medical Care

A physician in Sacramento, California, said this week the cancellation of regular medical care during the coronavirus pandemic could yield a “massive wave” of cancer patients in the future.

In an interview with California Public Radio (CapRadio) Tuesday, Dignity Health thoracic surgeon Dr. Costanzo DiPerna said even though Gov.

Hospitals and doctors’ offices are allowed to reopen for regular business after weeks of telling patients to stay home due to COVID-19.

Additional data published Friday by global public health experts warned millions of children under a year old could be at risk for diseases such as diphtheria and polio due to the delay of their routine immunization visits to pediatricians and family practice physicians during the pandemic.

“The countries reported at least moderate interruptions to the programs, with some countries suspending their programs completely,” STAT News reported, adding that “27 countries have postponed campaigns of vaccinations that protect against measles, while more than a dozen have paused some polio vaccination programs.”

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