8 Jun 2020

Lives wil be lost if post-lockdown cancer care doesn't catch up

From First Up, 5:08 am on 8 June 2020

A leading doctor says lives will be lost if the country doesn't work quickly to catch up on cancer diagnostics not done during the Covid-19 lockdown. A report by the Cancer Control Agency shows one thousand fewer cancer registrations in April this year compared to 2019. The report shows nationally there was a 79 percent decline in gastrointestinal endoscopies and a 75 percent decrease in bronchoscopies during April compared to the same month last year. The Cancer Society's medical director, Doctor Chris Jackson, told our reporter Timothy Brown there were positives to be drawn from the agency's report, but a lot of work lies ahead.