COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL)– COVID-19 has been on top of people’s medical concerns this year, but American Cancer Society Cancer screening is more important than ever.
Like going to the dentist or changing the oil in your car, the American Cancer Society says cancer screening should be a regular part of your life. When the pandemic began, elective medical procedures, including cancer screening, were largely halted to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading in healthcare settings.
The best protection against cancer is early detection, when the disease is easiest to treat. Screening test can be a tool to find cancer before a person has any symptoms. As COVID-19 becomes a medical priority, this has caused a huge drop in screening visits.
Cancer is a life-changing diagnosis, and the American Cancer Society also works to provide services for patients navigating the disease.
If patients have to travel away from home to get the best care, ACS provides accommodations for cancer patients and their families through the Hope Lodge and Extended Stay America Programs. If the patient does not have transportation, Road to Recovery volunteers can provide rides for patients who have no way of getting to their treatment.
Because cancer can change a patient’s appearance, Tender Loving Care offers affordable wigs, hats and accessories to help patients feel like themselves.
In addition, the American Cancer Society offers a Cancer Survivors Network, where cancer patients and caregivers can connect with people who share similar experiences.
However, these services are made available through the various fundraising opportunities of the American Cancer Society throughout the year. Their annual fundraisers have been canceled due to the pandemic, and they have taken a financial hit from which they are still trying to recover.
Margen Gadd, Senior Development Manager for the American Cancer Society, says the nonprofit is now in need of volunteers and donate to fund these resources.
Despite the hurdles, the organization says it will continue to spread awareness to the public that its services are available through funds, time and awareness.
For more information about when and how to get screened, talk to your health care provider or contact the American Cancer Society’s 24-hour helpline.
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