Covid-19: Cancer mortality could rise at least 20% because of pandemic, study findsBMJ 2020; 369 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m1735 (Published 29 April 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m1735
- Jacqui Wise
A new analysis estimates that at least 6270 additional deaths could occur in England over the next 12 months in patients with new cancer diagnoses—a 20% increase—as a result of the covid-19 pandemic.1
This number could rise to an estimated 17 915 additional deaths if all people who currently have cancer are considered, said the research from University College London and Data-Can, a health data research hub for cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Some of the excess deaths will be among people with cancer who contract covid-19, while others will occur because diagnosis was late or treatment such as chemotherapy was delayed, the researchers concluded.
The study came as the NHS warned people with cancer …