October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and as the coronavirus takes a toll on our country, studies are showing that American women aren't regularly going to the doctor for routine breast cancer exams.

NY1's Roma Torre spoke with Doctor Larry Norton, senior vice president and director of the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Cancer Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

They discussed five important prevention and detection tips, including understanding your genetic history and maintaining regular exercise.

"We're seeing a 40 percent drop or a 50 percent drop in some people who are delaying or avoiding medical treatment in general during the pandemic," Norton said.

He explained why one shouldn't let the coronavirus deter one's ability to seek medical help or a check up.

"This is already translating to increased death rates from common diseases that we know we can take care of, including cancer," Norton added.