Closing down public life may be responsible for as many as 80,000 cases of common cancers going undiagnosed and tens of thousands of deaths from substance abuse and suicide, according to the White House press secretary.
As debate rages over whether the White House is trying to lift coronavirus restrictions too quickly, Kayleigh McEnany said failing to reopen the country could come with severe costs.
She cited data collected by the Epic Health Research Network showing that screenings for cancers of the cervix, colon, and breast were down between 86% and 94% in March.
“The consequence of this is quite frightening,” said McEnany, who added that she had seen from a visit for her own screening — she carries the BRCA2 gene and had a preventative double mastectomy two years ago — that numbers were much reduced.
Analysis of medical claims by the IQVIA Institute for Total Data Science forecast that more than 80,000 diagnoses of common cancers would be missed from March through June. (Read more from “White House Warns 80,000 Cases of Cancer Could Go Undiagnosed During Coronavirus Lockdown” HERE)