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The Fight against COVID-19 Threatens to Cause Collateral Health Damage
The need for chronic disease management and prevention does not disappear during a pandemic. As I am a gastroenterologist and colon cancer researcher, the irony of cancelling procedures meant to detect colorectal cancer at an early stage during Colon Cancer Awareness Month was not lost on me. Colorectal cancer is just one of many preventable diseases impacted by the new policy. In the midst of a pandemic, we cannot and should not abandon chronic disease management or disease prevention. Now is the time for ingenuity, because failure to prevent and manage chronic medical conditions will lead to other public health crises long after COVID-19 is contained.
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