October 13, 2021
With the nation coming through the second COVID wave caused by the delta variant, HealthOne Dr. Laura Hafertepen, a breast surgical oncologist with the Medical Center of Aurora, said the medical community’s concerns from last year are carrying over.
Because of the hesitancy to get screenings, Hafertepen said, when women are getting the original diagnosis the disease has already progressed to stages 2 or 3. With regular screenings, she said, doctors can catch cancer at stage 1 or zero. When breast cancer is caught in an early stage, Hafertepen said the prognosis and the treatment is a lot better.