Memorial Hermann rolls out breast cancer prevention program as screening rates plummet

As Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins, Jessica Jones, assistant professor of oncology at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and an attending physician at Memorial Hermann Cancer Center, is working to get the word out to women that it is never too early to work toward preventing breast cancer.

“It’s important to dispel the fear surrounding mammograms during COVID-19 because some frightening statistics are coming our way with mammograms down by 86 percent,” Jones said.


An IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science report published in April shows that a reduction of cancer screenings in the three months leading up to June 5 may have resulted in 36,000 delayed breast cancer diagnoses in the United States.

“We have missed 36,000 (cases) of breast cancer already so this breast cancer awareness month is more important than ever,” Jones said.

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