Colorectal cancer diagnoses falls

eAwaz Health

Vienna – Cancer screenings and diagnoses dropped significantly during Covid-19 pandemic, with Spanish researchers presenting new findings showing a 40 per cent fall in the number of colorectal cancer cases diagnosed in a year during Covid. Lead author Dr Maria Jose Domper Arnal, from University Clinic Hospital and the Aragon Health Research Institute (IIS Aragon) in Spain. Said: “These are very worrying findings indeed — cases of colorectal cancer undoubtedly went undiagnosed during the pandemic. Not only were there fewer diagnoses, but those diagnosed tended to be at a later stage and suffering from more serious symptoms.Colorectal cancer is often curable if it’s caught at an early stage. Our concern is that we’re losing the opportunity to diagnose patients at this early stage, and this will have a knock-on effect on patient outcomes and survival. We are likely to see this fall out for years to come.”