Susan G. Komen® Updates Breast Cancer Screening Guidance

Susan G. Komen updated its breast cancer screening recommendation as communities begin to re-open across the U.S.

Women and men who feel well and are due for a screening mammogram (and the center is open), should get one. Furthermore, women and men who were due for a screening mammogram and have not gotten it yet should call their doctors about making an appointment. 

“We want to reassure you, it’s OK to see your doctor, even during the continued COVID-19 crisis,” said Komen’s Chief Scientific Advisor Dr. George Sledge, Jr., who is a medical oncologist and Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Oncology in the Department of Medicine at Stanford University. “We don’t want women to stop getting mammograms and there is no reason to further delay. Hospitals and cancer centers know how to appropriately mitigate the risk of infection and are among the safest places to go in society in that regard. We absolutely do not want to see an increase in the number of advanced breast cancers because of delayed screening. We don’t want to lose the gains we’ve made in treating breast cancer.”

Susan G. Komen’s new recommendation updates its March 18 guidance, made at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, for non-symptomatic women and men to delay their routine breast cancer screening. This 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. Additionally, Komen’s March 18 guidance noted that symptomatic women and men should not delay diagnostic screenings or other critical health care services. 

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

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