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Health care practitioners encourage women to get cancer screenings now, not later

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Health officials at Elizabeth Wende Breast Care report a decline in the number of women scheduling mammograms during the coronavirus pandemic.

Radiologist Dr. Stamatia Destounis says the center taken every precaution, and stresses that it’s very safe to get a mammogram, even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There’s a chance, and a risk, of a breast cancer that could have been detected this year that will not be detected and will just be larger and of higher stage, and worse prognosis next year,” she said.

Destounis says the message hasn’t changed because of COVID-19 and women should not put off having what could be a life-saving screening.

“It takes a few minutes, it’s very safe to have the mammogram, even amidst COVID,” she said.

Elizabeth Wende will be offering free mammograms and exams for women 40 and older who don’t have insurance on Saturday, October 17 at its Brighton office.