Screening During a Pandemic
Covid-19 has turned our everyday lives upside down. From work and school to grocery shopping and baby showers, we have all made changes to keep each other safe.
However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t get cancer screenings! Cancer screenings and preventative care are just as important as they were before the pandemic. Here are some things to be mindful of when going to the doctor’s office:
Weigh Your Options
Contact your healthcare provider or doctor to see what option is best for you. Be sure to ask about what safety precautions they are taking in the office. If you aren’t comfortable going in person, communicate with your doctor. Telehealth is an option: some services and checkups can be done via phone, video chat, or the internet. Depending on your situation, you may even be able to reschedule your appointment for a later date.
If you decide to go to a clinic for an appointment, be sure to follow social distancing and wear a cloth face covering. This means standing 6 feet away from others and keeping your nose and mouth covered at all times. Be sure to not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth; thoroughly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds afterwards!
It is easy to forget about cancer screening during times like these, but taking the time to make sure you are healthy can save lives!
For more information about The Georgia Colon Cancer Prevention Project, visit www.uhru.org.