Experts worried people delaying medical tests due to coronavirus will create ‘tidal wave’ of diagnoses

The message to Australians to ‘stay at home’ during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to many people putting off lifesaving cancer screening.

Recent data shows a 60 percent reduction in PSA tests over an eight-week period compared to the 12 months before, an alarming decline in blood tests to detect prostate cancer, a condition which affects one in seven men by the age of 85.

Whilst GP’s have actively been encouraging people not to avoid them, as many as 1 in 10 Australians have been noted to have delayed screening by up to six months by the Cancer Council, potentially resulting in about 7000 cases being diagnosed further down the track. Read more…

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