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Missing lockdown cancers yet to be measured, but history paints ominous picture

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New Zealand will emerge from lockdown into a deadly unknown with history showing nearly half of new cancer cases will have been missed. “Cancer won’t wait,” said Te Aho o Te Kahu – Cancer Control Agency chief executive Diana Sarfati​ as she pointed out that the number of missed cancer diagnoses this lockdown was yet to be measured. Bowel Cancer New Zealand medical advisor Frank Frizelle​ was expecting a “tidal wave” of new cases when New Zealand returned to alert level 1 and people felt comfortable going to their general practitioners with symptoms that became noticeable during lockdown. Even at level 2 – New Zealand outside of Auckland – there was a shortage of people going to GPs with cancer symptoms, he said. Read the full article here…

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