Susan O’Keeffe: Missed cancer diagnoses hint at true toll of fight against Covid-19

Stark figures act as a flag for every other medical condition that has been ignored, downplayed, downgraded and sidestepped since the pandemic was declared

30th November, 2020
Susan O’Keeffe: Missed cancer diagnoses hint at true toll of fight against Covid-19
Almost 2,000 cancer diagnoses have been missed during the nine months of the pandemic. Picture: Getty

A new and unsettling figure emerged from the coronavirus tangle last week: almost 2,000 cancer diagnoses have been missed during the nine months of lockdown. The figure was published by the National Cancer Campaign Programme (NCCP), which declared the finding to be of “significant concern.”

As well it might! Figures for deaths from cancer are stark; it remains Ireland’s biggest killer. One person dies from cancer every hour of every day of every week...

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