COVID-19 disruptions in Australia may increase cancer cases

ABC News April 1, 2024, 08:00 PM UTC

Summary: A study by Australian researchers found COVID-19 disruptions could lead to 234 extra cancer cases and 1,186 deaths in Australia between 2020 and 2030. Bowel cancer screenings decreased by 7%, diagnoses by 11.7%, and treatment by up to 7%. Mitigation through increased screenings could reduce deaths to 842. Lead author Joachim Worthington urges Australians to take advantage of free screening kits to prevent missed diagnoses and deaths.

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