Medical and Scientific: Cancer diagnoses missed during pandemic curbs

01 Mar 2021 - Medical and Scientific

More than 2500 cancer diagnoses were missed in Victoria during the state’s coronavirus restrictions last year, with a steep fall in the detection of prostate, skin and breast cancers, along with head and neck tumours. Modelling by the Victorian Cancer Registry at the Cancer Council, published in the Medical Journal of Australia today, estimates there were 2530 cancers missed or delayed diagnoses between the beginning of April and the middle of October. The registry also found there were 5446 fewer pathology notifications, used for lifesaving cancer screening, than expected over the period, a drop of about 10 per cent on the previous year.

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