Cancer referrals down 60% due to coronavirus, NHS England figures reveal | ITV News

Urgent cancer referrals have seen a 60 per cent in numbers drop due to the coronavirus pandemic, new figures show.

NHS England stats show there 79,573 urgent cancer referrals were made by GPs in England in April 2020, down from 199,217 in April 2019.

Breast cancer referrals were among the hardest hit, down from 16,753 in April 2019 to 3,759 in April 2020, a fall of 78%.

And the number of people in England who had to wait more than two months for a GP referral to their first treatment for cancer dropped by 20%, from 13,519 in April 2019 to 10,792 in April 2020.

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