Coronavirus: Three month window to diagnose hundreds who may have cancer

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Four hundred people could die from cancer if New Zealand does not act quickly to catch up on cancer diagnostics missed during the lockdown.

The warning from the Cancer Society comes after a report by the newly formed Cancer Control Agency found there were 1031 fewer cancer registrations in April 2020 compared to April 2019, a 47 per cent decrease, due to the lockdown.

The figure is in line with what other countries around the world experienced during the lockdown, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The report, released in May, has seen swift action from district health boards (DHBs) to catch up on diagnostics.

Source: Stuff