Up to 50,000 Brits have cancer that remains undiagnosed due to coronavirus disruption, charity warns

UP to 50,000 people have cancers which remain undiagnosed due to disruption caused by Covid-19, a charity says.

Macmillan Cancer Support says a further 33,000 should have started treatment, but have faced delays.

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Up to 50,000 Brits have cancer that remains undiagnosed due to Covid disruption, Macmillan have warned[/caption]


And it could take 18 months to clear the backlog in a “best case scenario”, it warns.

But the number awaiting diagnosis could ­double to 100,000 within a year if hospitals grind to a halt over winter.

Macmillan says the backlog has been caused by people not going to see their GP, and NHS delays and cancellations.

Lynda Thomas, the charity’s chief executive, said: “Cancer care is at a crossroads and cannot be shut down this winter.

“Cancer doesn’t stop for Covid-19 and neither can our health services.”

The NHS has worked hard to maintain urgent cancer operations during the pandemic.

And it said the ­Macmillan analysis was “flawed” because it failed to account for recent service improvements.

Stroke help delay

NEARLY a third of patients who had a stroke in recent months delayed getting emergency help because of Covid, according to the Stroke Association.

Separate figures show record numbers of would-be doctors have applied to study medicine during the pandemic.

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