How 12 times more people die of cancer than Covid – experts warn that the backlog of treatment will become “collateral damage” in the pandemic
- Figures show that an average of 36 people died from Covid every day for the past week
- For comparison: 450 people live with cancer every day, or around 166,000 per year
- Experts say the NHS urgently needs to expand cancer services to clean up the backlog
- Most cancer services are operating prior to the pandemic, according to NHS England
Twelve times as many people die from cancer as from Covid-19.
Figures show an average of 36 people died from coronavirus every day for the past week, compared to a high of 1,280 within seven days in mid-January.
For comparison: cancer kills 450 daily or around 166,000 per year.
Figures show that an average of 36 people died from coronavirus every day for the past week. For comparison: cancer claims 450 deaths every day (archive image)
Experts say thousands will be “collateral damage” to the pandemic if the NHS does not urgently expand cancer services to deal with a huge backlog.
Professor Karol Sikora of Rutherford Cancer Centers said: “Every day 1,000 people in the UK are told that they are having cancer for the first time.
‘But when Covid peaked it fell off sharply. Where did the missing patients go?
‘They exist and their diagnosis has been delayed significantly. Many will die now. ‘
Even before the second wave, Cancer Research UK estimated last summer that Covid could cause an additional 35,000 cancer deaths.
NHS England said: “People should not be prevented from coming in for check-up or treatment.
“Most cancer services are working before the pandemic.”