Is a delayed cancer diagnosis a consequence of COVID-19?

Some countries have reported a 40 per cent decline in cancer cases at the peak of COVID-19.

Although there’s no specific Australian cancer incidence data during the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is related health service data which suggest Australia could experience similar declines – cancer hospitals have reported receiving fewer referrals.

Several reasons for these declines could include; a reluctance to attend the GP clinic during the pandemic.  Lower participation in screening, pathology and radiology testing.  Existing cancer patients not wanting to attend routine clinical check-ups.  Attempts to protect our health system through delayed surgeries.

What can we expect to see with these delayed responses to a cancer diagnosis?  Read more…

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