Hundreds of thousands miss out on urgent cancer referrals

Since end of March

Adam Saville
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Hundreds of thousands miss out on urgent cancer referrals

Number of people who started treatment between April and July dropped by more than a quarter, new figures show

Figures from Cancer Research UK - revealed yesterday - showed that more than 350,000 people in the UK missed out on urgent referral to hospital with suspected cancer symptoms since the Covid-19 pandemic struck the nation at the end of March. The data, compiled across various official sources, also revealed that the number of people who started treatment between April and July dropped by 31,000 - more than a quarter less than the same time last year. Michelle Mitchell, Cancer Research UK's chief...

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