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Wubi Rust went in for a massage last June when she noticed pain in her breast while lying on the massage table.

Rust, 39, of New York, did a self-exam and told Granthshala News she immediately visited a doctor and underwent a series of imaging studies. Within two weeks, she was found with a stage 4 breast cancer diagnosis.

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“It spread to the hips and bones,” said Rust, chief compliance officer at a startup company, He told Granthshala News, he said he is getting support from his family and is confident in dealing with the diagnosis.

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Before her diagnosis, Rust said she was “completely fine”, but added that her mother is a breast cancer survivor. She told Granthshala News that Rust had an annual physical exam, but appointments were delayed between the COVID-19 pandemic and the move from Texas to New York.

During the pandemic, experts have worried that delays cancer Screening may result in more patients with advanced forms of the disease being offered.

according to a Study Published in Preventive Magazine, the number of breast and cervical cancer screening tests funded through the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program declined by 87% in April 2020. Cervical cancer screening decreased compared to 84%. Estimating the same time period with the average of the last five years.

Sarah Kate, director of the Special Surveillance and Breast Program at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City, told Granthshala News, “There will certainly be an adverse effect on breast cancer from COVID.”

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According to Kate, who is also an assistant professor of surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, “some models are predicting more than 10,000 deaths from breast and colorectal cancer combined.”

“It’s still too early to see this effect, but certainly, anecdotally, I’m seeing a lot of locally advanced breast cancers that require chemotherapy before surgery, and some cancers where they’re in the breasts and has spread outside the lymph nodes. It is not curable, Kate said, urging patients not to delay screening.

“Early detection is the best way to prevent cancer death,” she continued. “Don’t ignore a breast lump. Men can get breast cancer too… Women can get breast cancer while pregnant or breastfeeding, so see a breast doctor if you have a lump or any change in the skin of your breast.” See.”

Genetic testing is also important to screen people at risk for certain types of cancer.

“If you have a genetic mutation for breast cancer, you will need to start screening earlier in life. For example, for BRCA carriers, we start annual mammography at age 30,” or for the average The patient was 10 years before the recommended start of mammography, Kate told Granthshala News.

Patients should also discuss family history with a physician to determine when to begin screening. According to Kate, women with a strong family history of breast cancer, even those without a genetic mutation, begin mammography 10 years before the first relative is diagnosed with breast cancer.

The patient, Rust, told Granthshala News that it was only after her cancer diagnosis that she went in for genetic testing. Rust said she was negative for the BRCA gene, which is usually associated with a significant breast cancer risk, although she did have the CHEK2 gene which is another genetic marker for cancer risks, including breast and colorectal cancer.

Rust hopes her story will inspire others to go for screenings such as mammograms and MRIs, as well as genetic testing.

“My hope is that people take these tests early,” she said.