The Scotsman

Prostate cancer re­fer­rals plum­met

- By ELLA PICKOVER Health · Pharmaceutical Industry · Medicine · Prostate Cancer · Industries · Health Conditions · United Kingdom · Cancer · Prostate Cancer UK

The num­ber of re­fer­rals for men who have got sus­pected uro­log­i­cal cancer dipped to its low­est level in ten years dur­ing lock down, a char­ity has warned.

Prostate Cancer UK raised con­cerns that a dip in re­fer­rals would mean more men are di­ag­nosed later on in their ill­ness, po­ten­tially mean­ing their dis­ease has pro­gressed to an in­cur­able stage.

Its anal­y­sis of data showed that ur­gent re­fer­rals for uro­log­i­cal can­cers dropped com­pared to the same pe­riod last year.

The char­ity es­ti­mates there have been 27,000 fewer pa­tients re­ferred than ex­pected since the UK lock down pe­riod be­gan in March.

An­gela Cul­hane, chief ex­ec­u­tive at Prostate Cancer UK, said :“Ear­lier this year, we an­nounced that prostate cancer had be­come the most com­monly di­ag­nosed cancer in the UK, thanks largely to a greater aware­ness of the dis­ease in re­cent years.

“De­tect­ing prostate cancer ear­lier helps save lives, but Covid -19 has made it harder for men to visit their doc­tor this year, es­pe­cially if they don’t feel un­well or have no symp­toms.”

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