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Covid-19: Cancer mortality could rise at least 20% because of pandemic, study finds

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m1735 (Published 29 April 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m1735

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  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

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 …

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