Chris Geiger

The Cancer Survivors Club

COVID19 - A PROFOUND IMPACT ON CANCER

CORONAVIRUS HAS PROFOUNDLY IMPACTED HEALTHCARE, and cancer is no exception. In fact, within less than two months following the start of the pandemic, the average weekly new cancer diagnoses dropped by around 46% across six major types of cancers (breast, colorectal, lung, pancreatic, gastric and oesophageal cancer combined).

These facts do not mean fewer people are getting cancer. Instead, they are going undiagnosed until their cancer reaches a later stage when it may be less treatable, and survival rates are low. Because of this, a large number of cancer deaths are predicted over the next five years due to potential missed screenings and reductions in oncology essential diagnostic services caused by the pandemic.

But we can do something about it. We must come together as a community to prioritise our health – to check-in with our doctors for routine healthcare visits, prioritise screenings, ask questions about unusual symptoms and encourage our loved ones to do the same.

Doctors and hospitals have made significant progress in establishing necessary safety protocols during the Coronavirus pandemic, so it's time to safely resume care.

Symptoms of cancer

Spotting cancer early is important as it means treatment is more likely to be successful. So it’s important you tell your doctor if you notice anything unusual or persistent change to your body. Read more --->>>

WHY EARLY DIAGNOSIS IMPORTANT!

Cancer that’s diagnosed at an early stage, before it’s had the chance to get too big or spread is more likely to be treated successfully. If the cancer has spread, treatment becomes more difficult, and generally a person’s chances of surviving are much lower. Read more --->>>

 


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