A record 2.7 million people in the UK will be referred for cancer screening in 2021
Almost 3 million people in the UK were referred for cancer screening in the past year. (Photo: Sky News)
The British health agency also said that the number of patients cancer treatment There has been an increase of about 2,000 cases since the COVID-19 pandemic took place.
Meanwhile, suspicious transits have cancer an increase of about 116% from pre-pandemic levels, even during the peak of the Omicron wave, and an overall increase from 2.4 million to more than 2.65 million cases.
Data from the NHS and NHS Improvement also show that around 315,000 patients have started cancer treatment compared with 313,000 before the pandemic.
According to Dame Cally Palmer, NHS Director of National Cancer Service, around 30,000 people have yet to begin cancer treatment due to the COVID-19 crisis, but the latest figures show progress: “We are is going further and faster than ever with the ambition of diagnosing more cancers at an earlier stage that can save more lives.
We’ve seen record numbers of cancer screenings in 2021, but we know that at least 30,000 people still haven’t started treatment due to the pandemic. So it’s important that we keep this transit rate high.”
NHS data shows that around 315,000 patients have started treatment compared with 313,000 before the pandemic. (Photo: Sky News)
The NHS says it has expanded its cancer diagnostic capacity across the country in a number of ways, including opening facilities such as a one-stop shop for testing, a mobile clinic and a cancer symptom hotline. thereby ensuring people are diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.
Professor Peter Johnson, NHS England’s national clinical director of oncology, said: “We know that in the early stages of the pandemic we are seeing fewer patients. But in 2021, doctors. GPs have been referring patients for testing in record numbers, and we’ve worked hard to make sure that people with worrisome symptoms can be thoroughly screened.”
He said: “The NHS continues to prioritize care cancer patient during the pandemic”.
British MPs have previously warned that the disruption related to COVID-19 will mean many people will not be diagnosed with cancer until the disease has progressed to a later stage, making the disease difficult to treat. more valuable.
In a report in early May, the Health and Social Care Commission said that nearly 3 million people in the country were invited for cancer screening between March and September 2020.
And less than 326,000 people in the UK received an urgent referral for suspected cancer between March 2020 and March 2021.
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