The COVID-19 pandemic was associated with a large, but temporary decline in preventative healthcare screening among women, according to a new study. For services requiring an in-person visit, such as breast cancer or cervical cancer screening, use of these services declined by 60% to 90% during the spring of 2020.
Harmful Misinformation on Cancer Gains Traction on Social Media
A new study found that one third of the most popular articles on cancer treatment posted on social media contain misinformation. Articles with misinformation or harmful information were found to garner a greater median number of engagements compared with factual or “safe” articles.
Endometrial Cancer in Black Women Is Often Missed in Screening
In other news, a common screening tool for endometrial cancer frequently under-identifies signs of cancer in Black women, according to a study in JAMA Oncology. Transvaginal ultrasound to measure endometrial thickness missed almost 5 times more cases of endometrial cancer among Black women versus white women.
A Case of Prostate Cancer Metastasizing to the Lower Limb Bones
A case report published in Radiology Case Reports highlighted the need to consider peripheral limb bone metastases in patients with biochemical recurrence of prostate cancer. In this case, a 66-year-old man who was under surveillance for rising prostate-specific antigen levels showed aggressive spread in his left lower extremities two months after completing radiotherapy for prostate cancer.