Britain’s coronavirus crisis could result in 18,000 more people dying of cancer in next year while NHS faces backlog that could last ‘many years’ after two million operations were cancelled [LINK]
The coronavirus crisis in the UK could result in 18,000 more cancer deaths in the next year and a further 2million general NHS operations have also been axed, it was revealed today.
Cancer treatment has been put on hold to make room for thousands of patients who are hospitalised with the killer virus while urgent GP referrals for diagnoses have dropped as experts fear people are not coming forward with cancer symptoms.
The number of deaths in newly diagnosed cancer cases is predicted to rise by a fifth in England alone as a result.
Experts have warned indirect deaths from the pandemic – due to cancer, heart attack, mental health and more – will exceed that of the virus itself, which has killed at least 21,000 in the UK so far.