Study: Pandemic restrictions could result in more breast cancer deaths

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(NBCNC) — Disruptions in health care due to pandemic restrictions may lead to more breast cancer deaths.

That’s according to new research from scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Researchers used three breast cancer simulation models to predict the impact of interruptions in screening, diagnosis, and treatment in the first six months of the pandemic.

The models predicted the delays could result in nearly 2,500 additional deaths by 2030.

That indicates a 0.52% increase over the next decade.

The study authors say facilities should prioritize screening women who missed their routine mammograms during the pandemic.

Click here to read the full study.