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Arkansas veterans to schedule post-covid cancer screening, experts say



Arkansas veterans are encouraged to schedule cancer screening to prevent cancer-related illnesses.

This comes after Covid-19 restrictions were lifted recently and many of the elderly people are now being fully vaccinated.

As we look forward to continue with our lives like the pre-pandemic, regular health checks are part of it. Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System urges veterans, their caregivers and family members to talk with their health care providers to continue cancer screenings.

CAVSH also added that these screenings can by far improve potential cancer symptoms and illnesses, as well as their treatment.

Cancer screenings drastically dropped since the start of the pandemic last March. This is also confirmed by American Cancer Society which claims that these kinds of early procedures have dropped for at least 35%.

“Regular cancer screening can improve or save Veteran lives,” said Dr. Tina McClain, CAVHS chief of staff. “Many cancers are treatable when they are detected early. We’re encouraging every Veteran to talk to their provider about getting screened.”

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women, and colorectal cancer is the third most common cause of death among men and women in the U.S.