The World Forum - July 21st, 2024

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Cancer referrals hit record-breaking 2.7 million after pandemic slump


Almost 3 million people were referred for cancer checks in the past year, record-breaking NHS data reveals, after figures suggested the pandemic saw numbers plummet in 2020.

According to the health service, the number of patients receiving treatment for the disease has also risen by 2,000 since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, referrals for suspected cancer remained at around 116 per cent of pre-pandemic levels even during the peak of the Omicron wave, data from NHS England and NHS Improvement shows, and rose overall from 2.4 million to more than 2.6 million.