During the first wave of the pandemic — from March 15 to May 31 — there was a significant decrease in screening for three major cancers in Ontario compared to the same period in 2019, according to Ontario Health:
A 97 per cent decrease in screening for mammograms through the Ontario Breast Screening Program.
An 88 per cent decrease in Pap tests through the Ontario Cervical Screening Program.
A 73 per cent decrease in fecal tests through ColonCancerCheck.
Alberta Health says the number of Albertans diagnosed with cancer decreased by 23 per cent for the period of March to September 2020 as compared to the same period in 2019.
Author(s): Stephanie Hogan, Melanie Glanz
Publication Date: 17 December 2020
Publication Site: CBC News