Prince Charles warns cancer could become the ‘Forgotten C’ of Covid pandemic
Prince Charles has warned that cancer could become "the Forgotten C" as medical experts focus attention to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The 72-year-old future monarch has added his voice to the growing argument that a cancer "time bomb" has been created by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
During the first lockdown in 2020, many patients saw cancer treatments delayed – and it is feared some may have been less inclined to visit their GP over concerns due to fears surrounding the pandemic.
But Charles – who is the patron of the Mcmillan Cancer Support charity – fears cancers may have gone unchecked and untreated over the course of the past year.
Writing in The Telegraph, he stated: “In many cases, due to the pandemic, difficulties have become crises, a sense of isolation has become actual separation, and – as vital treatment or surgery has in some cases been postponed – anxiety has become despair.
"Macmillan has been adapting to this ever-evolving situation to ensure that cancer does not become 'the Forgotten C' during the pandemic but, even so, Covid-19 has still taken a devastating toll, with the charity losing a third of its fundraised income."
Macmillan has projected that as many as 50,000 people could be living with undiagnosed cancer as a consequence of delays to NHS services caused by the pandemic.
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While medical experts have expressed fear that the full toll of Covid on cancer services and patients might not be uncovered for years as the fight agains the virus dominates the medical field.
It is believed 33,000 patients in the UK alone have seen treatments for cancer disrupted by the pandemic, according to The Telegraph.
In recent days, footage and photography has shown that ambulances are lining up outside London hospitals as the south east of England has seen a surge in Covid cases – which some believe has been driven by newer, more contagious strains of the virus.
It has been reported that surgeries have been cancelled in London in order for doctors to be reassigned to helping fight the influx of Covid patients.
However cancer treatments and emergency treatment are not included in that instruction and are expected to continue as planned and necessary, the report adds.
Meanwhile, Boots and Tesco have joined the battle against Covid by offering vaccination sites and storage options for the "game changing" Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
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