Susan G. Komen suggests those at average risk with no symptoms delay routine breast cancer screening this spring

On Wednesday, March 18, Susan G. Komen suggested those at average risk with no symptoms delay routine breast cancer screening this spring.

Komen’s recommendation was made to minimize exposure to and potential spreading of COVID-19 and to help support our health care system’s need to focus resources on managing the pandemic and those most in need of support.   

However, people who are displaying warning signs for breast cancer should still contact their health provider to determine their need for diagnostic imaging.

“As our health care system across the country begins to feel the strain from dealing with COVID-19, we all share a responsibility to help stem the spread and to support our health care providers as they focus on those most in need of care,” said Komen’s Chief Scientific Advisor, Dr. George Sledge, Jr. M.D., Professor of Medicine, and Chief of the Division of Oncology in the Department of Medicine at Stanford University. “Now is the time for doctors to delay routine screenings for healthy people who are not displaying warning signs of breast cancer. This also means it is critically important for people to know what is normal for them, and to report to their health care provider any changes so that necessary care can be provided.”

Breast cancer warning signs are not the same for all women, but the most common signs are changes to the look or feel one or both of your breasts.

Read Susan G. Komen’s full press release here.

Learn about breast cancer warning signs and your breast cancer risk here.

Stay up to date on the latest breast cancer and COVID-19 updates here.