Professor Wishart discusses with The Spectator how we can begin to catch-up with the backlog of cancer services

An estimated 3 million people missed cancer screening appointments between last April and August alone, resulting in a backlog across cancer services. The effect of delays to cancer screening appointments ripples throughout the NHS as diagnostics are set back and treatment is held up.

Professor Gordon Wishart, Chief Medical Officer at Check4Cancer discusses with Kate Andrews at The Spectator how clearing the backlog is not enough as pre-pandemic cancer services were poor with mediocre survival due to inadequate early cancer detection and a lack of access to optimal cancer treatment.  Lessons must be learned to help cancer patients access faster, better care by reviewing our screening and diagnostic pathways.

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