Covid: Charities warn cancer death rate could rise
A group of 47 cancer charities สมัครslotxo says that without urgent action, the UK’s cancer death rate will rise for the first time in decades.
NHS figures suggest tens of thousands fewer people started cancer treatment since the first lockdown compared to normal times.
Radio 1 Newsbeat has spoken exclusively to One Cancer Voice about the impact of coronavirus on cancer care.
The group of charities adds that the NHS needs more resources.
It also wants to see more staff available to diagnose and treat cancer, with greater NHS access to private facilities in order to “clear the backlog”.
The government says cancer treatment has remained a top priority and urges people to see their GP if they have symptoms.
“We are calling on the government to invest more money in ensuring the backlog of cancer cases is reduced and eliminated,” says Michelle Mitchell, the boss of Cancer Research UK, which heads up One Cancer Voice.
“We could face, in this country today, the prospect of cancer survival reducing for the first time in decades. That’s why urgent action is required by the government.”
One Cancer Voice estimates that millions of people have had their cancer care affected in some way by the pandemic. Newsbeat’s spent the last three months speaking to some of those.
George Hatfield, 20, was told by doctors he’s one of the youngest patients ever diagnosed with oesophageal cancer.
Having been on different treatments of chemotherapy and immunotherapy, George, from Hampshire, was considered for surgery because of the “good response” he was showing.