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Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences; UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center

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Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Female Urogenital Diseases and Pregnancy Complications | Health Services Administration | Infectious Disease | Neoplasms | Oncology | Preventive Medicine | Virus Diseases


Feldman and Haas have written a timely piece on the potential to enhance cancer prevention and cancer care delivery in the COVID-19 era. Using cervical cancer prevention as a use case, the commentary describes clinical care provided via virtual platforms and in nontraditional settings, such as the patient’s home, as areas needing creative approaches to ensure care is provided safely and efficiently. As we consider factors that are relevant to delivering effective cancer prevention and cancer care post-COVID, we suggest that addressing social determinants of health, an often forgotten dimension of lived experience, should be prioritized as a strategy to enhance the equity of care provision. Social determinants of health, including food and housing insecurity have been shown to impact outcomes of patients with cancer, through a number of mechanisms including delays and incomplete care.


COVID-19, cancer, prevention, cancer care, cervical cancer, social determinants of health

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© The Author(s) 2020. Published by Oxford University Press. Accepted Manuscript posted after 12 months as allowed by publisher's list of journal embargo periods at

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Clark CR, Haas JS, Lemon SC, Freund KM, White KB, Marotta C, Wint AJ, LeClair AM, Lloyd-Travaglini C, Xiao V, Casanova N, Battaglia TA. RE: How the Coronavirus Disease-2019 May Improve Care: Rethinking Cervical Cancer Prevention. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2020 Oct 15:djaa152. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djaa152. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33057729. Link to article on publisher's site

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Journal of the National Cancer Institute

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