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Time to fully appreciate how the lockdowns were unforgivable and the impact on cancers is undeniable. This was a major failure of the public health estsblishment and the medicl community.
Here are just 10 stats with supporting links:
Delayed cancer diagnoses: 1.5 million people in the UK missed out on urgent cancer referrals between March and October 2020 (Source: https://www.bmj.com/content/370/bmj.m3038)
Disrupted cancer treatments: 40% of cancer patients in the UK experienced treatment delays during the first wave of the pandemic (Source: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-us/cancer-news/news-report/2020-05-28-survey-suggests-2-in-4-cancer-patients-have-had-treatment-affected-by-covid-19)
Clinical trial disruptions: 60% of cancer clinical trials were suspended or delayed due to COVID-19 (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7271824/)
Increased mental health issues: 70% of cancer patients reported increased anxiety and depression during the pandemic (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7361333/)
Global impact: 50% reduction in cancer surgeries, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy treatments in low- and middle-income countries during the pandemic (Source: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045(20)30392-2/fulltext)
Breast cancer screenings dropped 89 percent (Source: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2766943)
Colorectal screenings dropped 85 percent (Source: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2766943)
Projected increase in cancer deaths over the next 5 years: up to 16.6 percent increase in colorectal cancer deaths, 9.5 percent increase in breast cancer deaths, and 5.4 percent increase in lung cancer deaths (Source: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045(20)30388-0/fulltext)
75 percent decrease in suspected cancer referrals in the UK (Source: https://www.bmj.com/content/369/bmj.m2386)
By mid-October 2020, 3 million people in the UK had missed out on cancer screenings since the start of the pandemic (Source: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancer-in-general/coronavirus/cancer-services)
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