Since being diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago, Marie France, 67, has been doing a lot of sports and nature walks. What better way to live your illness : “I was operated on for cancer of the right breast, one two-inch tumor and another one-foot-two, it’s huge.”
She had always refused to do a mammogram but today, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, she campaigns in favor of screening. “Indeed, I did not want to do a mammogram, because I had been told ‘rays are not good for your health’. For me, if I had to do it again, (knowing what I I know of course), I would be diagnosed every two years, as is recommended from the age of 50. It is obvious. “
According to the National Cancer League, 30,000 cancers of the breast, cervix and prostate have not been diagnosed since the second confinement was put in place. Emmanuel Ricard, delegate for the prevention of screening, calls on women in particular not to move their appointment and to be screened as soon as possible: “Above all, we must not let too much time pass, because we have seen, in terms of mammograms, that we had more significant lesions and an increase in the number of abnormalities.”
“Cancer, even in the context of Covid, remains a major risk and therefore screening should not be postponed because today, despite everything, there are many more people who have cancer than people who have Covid. “Emmanuel Ricard, National League Against Cancer
In the Hérault department, the association Mammobile take the lead and go from city to city to offer free mammograms. “We have set up a mobile unit, which is a semi-trailer, which makes it possible to reach out to women in rural areas as well as in peri-urban areas”, explains Joseph Pujol, radiologist and president of the association which has existed for 30 years. “Every day, 33 women die from breast cancer. There is no rest, there is no public holiday. Every year, it’s almost 59,000 breast cancers. ”
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– the League against cancer (@laliguecancer) October 28, 2020
The Mammobile association also recalls that today, with sanitary measures, there is no risk in going to your doctor.