Don’t Put Off Medical Treatment Because Of COVID-19

Dear Joel,

  Instead of a question, I have a message that I would like to share with you and your readers. During the height of the pandemic, many doctors’ offices were closed for non-emergent care and routine screenings. We heard about patients who had cancer and life-saving transplant surgeries delayed due to hospitals overcrowded with COVID patients. Now, as the health care system re-opens, we are encouraged to visit our physicians and resume our yearly screening regimes. Thankfully, my husband was one of those people who did just that. As soon as he was able, he visited his urologist and through a series of tests has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Thankfully, it is treatable, and his prognosis is excellent. Had he been fearful of the doctor’s office, the laboratory, even the surgical center where his biopsy was performed, his cancer would have gone undiagnosed and his prognosis could be vastly different. Every step of the way, safety measures were taken, sometimes to the extreme. And while there are no guarantees, we must have faith in the precautions being taken and once again be proactive in ensuring our health and well-being.


  First let me wish your husband well as he proceeds with his treatment and recovery. This is such an important message and I applaud your husband for not allowing the virus to deter him from receiving proper healthcare. Men in general tend to avoid routine exams for one reason or another, and fear of contracting COVID is one more reason, albeit a valid one. As the owner of Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, I see first- hand the types of precautions health care providers and facilities have put in place to ensure patient safety and renew confidence in the system. Now more than ever, it is imperative that we do everything in our power to stay healthy. Good health is our best defense against COVID. To our readers, if you haven’t already done so, get on the telephone or computer and make all those appointments that were cancelled or delayed, even the ‘unpleasant’ ones. It’s been said that when you have your health, you have everything.

Thank you for writing.

Joel Markel

Write to His radio show, “Preferred Company” airs Monday through Friday from 8 to 10 a.m. on and 1160 & 1310 WOBM-AM.

If you or anyone else is in need of home health care, call Preferred at 732-840-5566. “Home health care with feeling.”