Skip your mammogram because of the pandemic? Breast cancer won’t wait, NYC doctor warns.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Doctors in New York City are reporting a rise in the number of patients discovering their breast cancer in later, more dangerous stages, largely due to postponing mammograms during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“What we’re seeing is patients coming in at more advanced stages, when the overall survival rate is lower,’’ said Dr. Michael Zeidman, director of breast cancer surgery at Mount Sinai Brooklyn. “I’m even seeing patients presenting to me in Stage 4. These women have a five-year survival rate of less than 30%.’’