TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO) – An estimated 41% of U.S. adults delayed or avoided medical care during the pandemic, including urgent or emergency care (32%). Avoidance of urgent or emergency care was more prevalent among unpaid caregivers for adults, persons with underlying medical conditions, Black adults, Hispanic adults, young adults, and persons with disabilities. With regard to cancer screenings, testing during the pandemic dropped by over 80% for breast, colorectal and cervical cancer. Screenings have improved but have not returned to baseline. These missed screenings mean that people will be diagnosed at a later stage of cancer when it’s more difficult to treat, and experts have predicted that these delays will result in an excess of 10,000 deaths from breast and colorectal cancer alone. We sat down with a cancer patient being treated during the pandemic and a doctor in the attached interview. For more information on screening recommendations visit cdc.gov and the American Cancer Society at cancer.org.