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One year into COVID-19 – the infodemiology of cancer screening

Robert Olszewski12, Justyna Obiała1, Karolina Obiała1, Małgorzata Mańczak1, Jakub Owoc1, Klaudia Ćwiklińska1, Krzysztof Jeziorski13
DOI: 10.5603/NJO.2022.0027
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Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology 2022;72(3):195-199.
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  1. Department of Gerontology, Public Health and Didactics, National Institute of Geriatrics, Rheumatology and Rehabilitation, Warsaw, Poland
  2. Department of Ultrasound, Institute of Fundamental Technological Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
  3. Maria Sklodowska-Curie National Research Institute of Oncology, Warsaw, Poland

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Vol 72, No 3 (2022)
COVID-19
Published online: 2022-05-23

Abstract

Introduction.To investigate the public interest in cancer screening before, during and after one year of the COVID-19 pandemic, in relation to the number of cases and deaths caused by the coronavirus.

Material and methods.Google Trends (GT) was used to obtain data on online interest in screening for the most common cancer types during COVID-19 pandemic.

Results.It was found that although online interest in screening collapsed during the early stages of the pandemic, it managed to gradually return to its pre-pandemic levels six months later despite a growing number of COVID-19 related deaths. Nevertheless, some data and reports suggest that this unprecedented crisis may result in increased mortality and incidence rates.

Conclusions.The study raises the importance of continuous and active actions aimed at raising cancer awareness which appears to be crucially important during a public health crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Abstract

Introduction.To investigate the public interest in cancer screening before, during and after one year of the COVID-19 pandemic, in relation to the number of cases and deaths caused by the coronavirus.

Material and methods.Google Trends (GT) was used to obtain data on online interest in screening for the most common cancer types during COVID-19 pandemic.

Results.It was found that although online interest in screening collapsed during the early stages of the pandemic, it managed to gradually return to its pre-pandemic levels six months later despite a growing number of COVID-19 related deaths. Nevertheless, some data and reports suggest that this unprecedented crisis may result in increased mortality and incidence rates.

Conclusions.The study raises the importance of continuous and active actions aimed at raising cancer awareness which appears to be crucially important during a public health crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Keywords

cancer screening; cancer information seeking; COVID-19; infodemiology; public health

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One year into COVID-19 – the infodemiology of cancer screening

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Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology

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Vol 72, No 3 (2022)

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Research paper (original)

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195-199

Published online

2022-05-23

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10.5603/NJO.2022.0027

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Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology 2022;72(3):195-199.

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cancer screening
cancer information seeking
COVID-19
infodemiology
public health

Authors

Robert Olszewski
Justyna Obiała
Karolina Obiała
Małgorzata Mańczak
Jakub Owoc
Klaudia Ćwiklińska
Krzysztof Jeziorski

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