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Cancer referrals in Bucks still below pre-lockdown levels

Macmillan Cancer Support say they are concerned about people ignoring symptoms.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 12:02pm 23rd July 2020. 2-minute read.

Cancer referrals in Bucks still below pre-lockdown levels

Cancer referrals in Buckinghamshire remain down on last year despite a rise on April.

The number of cancer referrals in Buckinghamshire for May remain below pre-lockdown levels. 

According to NHS England Date 750 people were seen by a specialist at the Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust after an urgent GP referral for suspected cancer in May.

Although there has been an increase on April's numbers where 664 appointment were recorded. 

This is still worrying to health and cancer specialists as this is a 44% drop on last year, as GP Nina Bersell from Macmillan Cancer Support explains:

"We are really concerned about where these patients have gone, cancer doesn't go away just because there is a pandemic. 

"We know that if people aren't presenting early there is likely to be a wave coming. 

"The earlier we pick up cancer the easier it is to treat and the better the survival outcomes. So. what we really don't like is late presentation of cancer. 

"The advantages of seeking help early are that we can either put you mind at rest very quickly or we can refer you for the appropriate test and investigations."

Macmillan are calling for an urgent recovery plan to deal with the backlog once thousands of "invisible patients" come forward. 

They are also urging people with cancer symptoms, or worries, to contact their GP. 

Nina wants to reassure people medical professionals are ready to help them:

"The services are very much there, very much geared up to see you and treat you. 

"We just need people to overcome their, understandable, concerns and get on the phone to their GP if there is something worrying them. 

"I think the important thing is to make sure people know they aren't wasting their GP's time by getting worrying symptoms checked."

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