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2.4 MILLION patients are caught in coronavirus cancer backlog

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Daily Mail
June 1, 2020

Almost 2.5million patients have missed out on vital cancer tests and treatment because of the pandemic.

The NHS faces the shocking backlog of cases as it tries to return to normal – and also cope with new victims of the disease.

Cancer Research UK says 2.1million patients are awaiting crucial screening for breast, cervical and bowel cancer.

Another 290,000 have missed out on urgent referrals to confirm or rule out tumours.

And at least 21,600 patients have had surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy postponed in the past nine weeks.

Some of these procedures would have saved lives or extended them, granting precious extra time with loved ones.

It is also thought patients with warning signs of cancer have avoided seeking help because they are worried about contracting coronavirus in a surgery or hospital.

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With the lockdown being eased today to allow friends and family to meet up, for some shops to reopen and pupils to return to school:

  • Ministers stressed primaries are safe amid fears some pupils will be kept away;
  • Britons were urged to remain sensible and not overdo interactions with others;
  • Police were forced to issue dispersal orders to crowds on beaches in Bude, north Cornwall, after social-distancing rules were flouted;
  • Up to two million vulnerable patients who have been shielding will be allowed outside for the first time in two months;
  • A further 113 virus deaths were reported yesterday, the lowest figure during lockdown;
  • Some scientists warned restrictions were being eased too early with infections and deaths still high;
  • A poll suggested the Conservative lead over Labour had crashed by eight points following the Dominic Cummings saga.

The numbers awaiting cancer treatment are extremely worrying, according to Sarah Woolnough, policy chief at Cancer Research UK.

She added: ‘We’re going to have this huge backlog to clear. It’s a massive backlog of services and treatment to deliver. It’s absolutely huge, it’s thousands and thousands and thousands.’

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This article was posted: Monday, June 1, 2020 at 3:03 am

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