Cancer Screenings Skipped During Pandemic Leading to Later Stage Diagnoses

April 20, 2021

A recent survey of radiation oncologists found an increase in new patients with advanced-stage cancers compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic began. The survey by the American Society for Radiation Oncology was conducted in early 2021. An overwhelming majority of physicians responding to the survey said they noticed their patients had missed cancer screening tests in 2020 due to the pandemic. Major public health organizations are encouraging people to get their cancer screening tests in 2021.
With patients starting to go back to their doctors for routine screenings, radiologists will be interpreting more diagnostic tests. ISMIE has identified the top four risk factors for radiology and has tips on how to improve diagnostic accuracy and to mitigate risk. Read the ISMIE Insight on Radiology.

Learn more about how ISMIE is helping policyholders manage risk and keep patients safe by visiting our website. If you have questions, please contact our Risk Management team by email.
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