Early cancer diagnoses plummeted in England during Covid pandemic

Official figures spark fears that patients may miss out on treatment until it is too late

The number of people being diagnosed with cancer early in England has plummeted during the Covid pandemic, sparking fears that many will only be treated when it is too late to save them.

Official figures show a third fewer cancers were detected at stage one, when the chances of survival are highest, in the early months of the pandemic than during the same months a year before.

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