HealthConnections: Getting Back to Cancer Screenings

May 4, 2021

Last year, the COVID pandemic caused hospitals to suspend many elective procedures and virus-wary patients were less likely to go to medical centers for routine care. As a result, routine cancer screenings dropped precipitously. Now, as the pandemic becomes more manageable, Michael Holtz says it's time to re-schedule those missed screenings.

Holtz, a cancer survivor and health advocate, says screenings are safe and effective ways to catch a variety of cancers and offer the best hope for treatment. In this edition of HealthConnections, Holtz and UTK nursing professor Dr. Carole Myers discuss what happened last year, what Holtz hopes comes next, and new advancements in colorectal cancer screenings.