Cancer deaths could rocket by 18,000 this year as coronavirus lockdown delays diagnosis and treatment – The Sun

PEOPLE worried they might have cancer are being urged to seek help — as experts warn that deaths from the disease may rise by 18,000.

Scientists from University College London predict fatalities will leap by 20 per cent over the next 12 months as people avoid medical services during the coronavirus outbreak.

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NHS research shows the crisis is making half of sick Brits think twice before getting checked.

One in ten are so worried about Covid-19’s impact, they wouldn’t even see their GP if they had a new lump or mole — both common signs of cancer.

Now NHS bosses are pleading with the public to seek help if needed.

Separate research from UCL looked at data on 3.5million patients and the impact of the outbreak on cancer survival.

It estimates at least 6,270 extra deaths in newly diagnosed patients will occur over the next year due to late pick-up, delayed treatment, and coronavirus infections.

Across all tumour sufferers, this rises to 17,915 additional fatalities over the next year.

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There are usually around 90,000 cancer deaths in England a year.

Professor Peter Johnson, the NHS clinical director for cancer, said: “My message is clear: people should seek help as they always would.”

Genevieve Edwards, of Bowel Cancer UK, said: “What we’re seeing here is the perfect storm created by the impact of coronavirus.”

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