Hem/Onc Roundup: Cancer Misinformation, Drop in Women’s Preventative Care, and More

The COVID-19 pandemic was associated with a large, but temporary decline in preventative healthcare screening among women, according to a new study. For services requiring an in-person visit, such as breast cancer or cervical cancer screening, use of these services declined by 60% to 90% during the spring of 2020.

Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Rates Dropped Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Harmful Misinformation on Cancer Gains Traction on Social Media

A new study found that one third of the most popular articles on cancer treatment posted on social media contain misinformation. Articles with misinformation or harmful information were found to garner a greater median number of engagements compared with factual or “safe” articles.

Harmful Misinformation on Cancer Gains Traction on Social Media

Endometrial Cancer in Black Women Is Often Missed in Screening

In other news, a common screening tool for endometrial cancer frequently under-identifies signs of cancer in Black women, according to a study in JAMA Oncology.  Transvaginal ultrasound to measure endometrial thickness missed almost 5 times more cases of endometrial cancer among Black women versus white women.

Endometrial Cancer in Black Women Is Often Missed in Screening

A Case of Prostate Cancer Metastasizing to the Lower Limb Bones

A case report published in Radiology Case Reports highlighted the need to consider peripheral limb bone metastases in patients with biochemical recurrence of prostate cancer. In this case, a 66-year-old man who was under surveillance for rising prostate-specific antigen levels showed aggressive spread in his left lower extremities two months after completing radiotherapy for prostate cancer.