As healthcare facilities across Missouri resume scheduling routine appointments and screenings, Home State Health wants to remind communities of the importance of taking care of their health. In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Home State Health encourages people to begin scheduling their annual mammograms for early detection of breast cancer and risk factors.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, hospitals across Missouri have postponed routine mammogram appointments and other non-essential healthcare services for precautionary reasons. Combined with people questioning the safety of healthcare facilities, the number of mammograms performed has dropped drastically. According to research comparing 2019 data, breast cancer screenings across the country have dropped 29% during the pandemic.