Cancer deaths should not be a side effect of the pandemic: Delays in cancer diagnosis and treatment could cause thousands to suffer and die prematurely – Benzinga

Epidemic-related delays in screening, treatment, and surgeries have resulted in a backlog of cancer patients who need more support, in more advanced stages of cancer.

TorontoAnd May 24, 2022 /CNW/ – The pandemic has brought our cancer care systems to a crisis point Canada. There are indications that the cancer death rate is accelerating due to delays in cancer screening, treatment and surgeries over the past two years.

Today we announce the launch of Cancer action nowa coalition of 28 healthcare organizations came together to urge regional governments across the country to make cancer a priority while rebuilding our healthcare systems in the wake of the pandemic.

The effects of the pandemic on people with cancer will continue for at least a decade. The epidemic-related decline in diagnosis and treatment could result in at least 21,247 cancer deaths than expected between 2020-2030.[i] However, the actual number of excess deaths from cancer is likely to be much higher. Each four-week delay in cancer surgery can increase the death rate by 6-8%. However, 50% of cancer patients continue to cancel or postpone their appointments due to the pandemic.[ii] With nearly half of Canadians expected to develop cancer at some point in their lives, across governments Canada We need to overhaul and invest strategically in our cancer care systems.

patient perspective

Laura, a mother of two, was diagnosed at the end of 2021 with metastatic breast cancer. The epidemic affected access to primary care and delayed mammograms. By the time Laura finally had access to a cancer screening program, it was found that she had stage 4 breast cancer, which means that while her cancer can be cured, it cannot. Unfortunately, Laura is not alone, and even as cancer screening programs resume, patients face long wait times and possible diagnoses at later stages.

Recent research shows that we need to increase cancer detection and treatment capacity by at least 10% above pre-pandemic levels in every county to address all the backlog.[iii] Action Against Cancer is now confident that with urgent action from governments, we can improve the situation and create better outcomes for people diagnosed with cancer.

Cancer action now alliance member, Jackie Manthorn From the Canadian Cancer Survivors Network says Cancer is the leading cause of death in CanadaAnd you won’t wait for the epidemic to end. By increasing the ability to diagnose and treat cancer to address the accumulation, we will have a fighting chance of reducing excess cancer deaths in Canada. The problems with our cancer systems were present long before the epidemic but have worsened over the past two years. We need governments to recognize this problem and urgently develop a new plan. We need cancer-fighting action now.”

The pandemic has shown us the power of coming together and fighting a common cause. with the Ontario The elections are around the corner, Cancer action now Calls the next day Ontario For the government to set an example for other provinces and develop an anti-cancer action plan to address delays in screening and treatment of cancer patients. Together, we can dramatically improve cancer outcomes for Canadians.

About Cancer Action Now:

Cancer action now is a national coalition of patient organizations, professional associations, and life sciences companies who are witness to the scale of the problem our cancer care systems and patients face during the pandemic. We have come together to call on governments to address the problems in our cancer care systems so that Canadians with cancer can live longer and better lives than anywhere else in the world.

The Alliance for Action Now to Fight Cancer is growing in membership and includes:
Bladder cancer Canada
Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons
Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology
Canadian Breast Cancer Network
Canadian Cancer Survivors Network
Canadian Liver Foundation
Canadian Association of Urology
Cancer Cooperative Society
Cancer Research Society
The Cancer Coalition of Quebec takes priority
colorectal cancer canada
Gastrointestinal Association
HPV Global Action
kidney cancer in canada
Lifesaving Therapeutics Network
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Canada
lung cancer canada
Lung Health Foundation
Merck Canada
Bone marrow Canada
ovarian cancer canada
pancreatic cancer canada
Rethinking Breast Cancer
rush Canada
Save your skin foundation
Gynecological Oncology Society of Canada

SOURCE Cancer Action Now

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2022-05-24 15:00:00

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