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Europe faces ‘cancer epidemic’ after estimated 1m cases missed during Covid

By Andrew Gregory

15 Nov 2022 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

The Guardian reports over one million cancer diagnoses were missed during the pandemic —and this will have dire consequences when it comes to treatment and research.

Experts have warned that Europe faces a “cancer epidemic” unless urgent action is taken to boost treatment and research, after an estimated 1m diagnoses were missed during the pandemic.

The impact of Covid-19 and the focus on it has exposed “weaknesses” in cancer health systems and in the cancer research landscape across the continent, which, if not addressed as a matter of urgency, will set back cancer outcomes by almost a decade, leading healthcare and scientific experts say.

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