Thousands of unwanted lung cancer deaths caused by the COVID-19 blockade: UK report

Thousands of lung cancer patients may have died unnecessarily as a result of the blockade measures imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report.

In a report released Thursday, the UK Lung Cancer Union (UKLCC) stated that the survival improvements that had occurred before the pandemic are now at stake.

Diagnosis delays caused by blockades range from 17.6% of patients diagnosed between 2014 and 2018 to about 12.3% of patients diagnosed during the CCP, up to 5.3% of England’s 5-year survival rates. It is estimated that it may decrease (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic.

This could lead to more than 2,500 additional deaths in the UK, the report said.

Professor Robert Rintoul, Chair of the UKLCC’s Clinical Advisory Group, said: However, COVID-19 had a devastating effect on the early diagnosis of lung cancer, compromising our goal of increasing 5-year survival in the UK to 25% by 2025. “

He said lung cancer patients were disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

“Government guidance to cough and stay home, resistance to involvement in medical services during blockades, and pressure on already overloaded medical services will inevitably lead to a decrease in referrals and an increase in late-stage symptoms of the disease. “He said, adding that urgent action is needed to get back on track.

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The man walks on the deserted Regent Street in London on March 30, 2020. (Leon Neal / Getty Images)

UKLCC is seeking a wholly-owned screening program for lung cancer across the UK.

We are also seeking a twice-yearly national and regional awareness campaign and a dedicated lung cancer helpline for easy access to patient support and diagnosis.

“It is heartbreaking to see that COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on the efforts and achievements of those involved in lung cancer treatment,” said Martin Grange, Chairman of the UKLCC.

“We must come together to ensure that pre-pandemic developments in lung cancer outcomes are not wasted,” he said.

A lack of face-to-face doctor visits in the UK since the start of the pandemic could lead to 10,000 unnecessary deaths from cancer, according to a report from the University College London, published in September. ..

England and Wales recorded 20,823 more deaths than the five-year average of the last 18 weeks, according to the latest figures from the National Bureau of Statistics. Only 11,531 deaths were associated with COVID-19.

Professor Karol Sikora, a consultant oncology professor and professor of medicine at the University of Buckingham School of Medicine and a world-leading cancer expert, told the Epoch Times last week: Access to health care. “

“It’s a national scandal,” he said.

Owen Evans, Jack Phillips, and PA contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan