A recently published British study said during the pandemic caused by the CCP virus, there has been a considerable decrease in treatments, referrals, and detection of cancer cases. The data suggest that there are not fewer cases. Instead, there has been a reduction in the early detection of these cases, which implies a “time bomb” that will inevitably lead to a drastic increase in mortality rates in this type of patient. 

The study published by NHS England, conducted by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), revealed that GPs made 1.85 million urgent cancer referrals between March 2020, around the time of the first blockage, and Jan. 2021. Compared with 2.2 million referrals made in the same period last year, representing a drop of 16% or about 350,000 people, reported the British media outlet The Times.

According to the report, the proportion of cancers diagnosed at the stage when they were still highly curable also fell from 44% to 41%.

During that period, urgent referrals for suspected lung cancer, the deadliest form of cancer, fell by 34%, with about 20,300 patients. There was a 23% drop in referrals for brain cancer (2,200 fewer). Childhood cancer patient referrals also declined by more than one-fifth (21% or 2,000 children).

Surgeries and chemotherapy, and radiology treatments were also canceled or delayed during the pandemic, with 44,000 fewer patients diagnosed with cancer starting treatment between April of last year and January of this year compared to the same period a year ago. 

The same was true for scheduled operations. Many were put on hold, and others canceled as the patient died of the disease after the requested surgery or treatments were suspended.

Medicine in its preventive format has been practically eliminated, and consequently, patients arrive at the doctor’s office with cancer already developed.

“Anecdotally, patients are now presenting later with more advanced oral cancer, which means the tumors are larger and surgery is more complicated,” said Matthew Garrett of the Royal College of Surgeons.

IPPR principal investigator Chris Thomas said the fall in cancer referrals since the start of the pandemic “risks creating a ticking time bomb for missed cancer cases and a decade of disruption for health services unless urgent action is taken.”

The over-dimension that politics and the mass media have given to the CCP Virus, not only in Britain but worldwide, has led to a kind of collective feeling that seems to indicate that the only thing of concern is what has to do with the transmission of the virus, leaving aside other equally serious issues such as cancer. 


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