Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science




Dr. Thomas Colletti, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA


Purpose: This article aims to evaluate the effects of COVID-19 lockdowns on skin cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis in the United States.

Methods: A PubMed literature search was performed using the search terms “skin cancer,” “COVID-19,” and “delayed diagnosis.”

Results: COVID-19 lockdowns resulted in delayed diagnosis and treatment for life-threatening and disfiguring skin cancers in the U.S.

Conclusion: Lockdowns to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in March 2020 eliminated non-essential medical visits, forcing many dermatology clinics to close temporarily until requirements were lifted in May 2020. There was a significant decline in reported basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma during this lockdown period. This delay in skin cancer diagnosis and treatment allowed tumor growth and spread, resulting in disfiguring excisional surgeries and life-threatening metastatic disease.


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