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Prostate Cancer Biopsy, Diagnoses Down During the Pandemic

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Prostate biopsy and prostate cancer (PC) diagnosis rates decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic among U.S. veterans, according to a study published online April 7 in JAMA Oncology.

Zachary Klaassen, M.D., from Augusta University in Georgia, and colleagues examined the impact of the pandemic on prostate biopsy and PC diagnosis rates among Black and White patients in the Veterans Affairs Health Care System (VAHCS). The analysis included all prostate biopsies performed on patients in the VAHCS without a preexisting PC diagnosis between January 2018 and March 2021.

The researchers found that prior to ...