2,800 melanomas could have been missed during Lockdown due to 70% reduction in GP referrals

Professor Gordon Wishart, Chief Medical Officer at Check4Cancer, an early cancer detection company, and Visiting Professor of Cancer Surgery at Anglia Ruskin School of Medicine.  

A report from University College London has documented a reduction in GP referrals of 70-89% in England and Northern Ireland in April 2020, due to the pandemic and lockdown restrictions (1).

A report from University College London has documented a reduction in GP referrals of 70-89% in England and Northern Ireland in April 2020, due to the pandemic and lockdown restrictions (1).

Cancer Research UK data reports 16,202 new cases of melanoma a year in the UK based on data from 2015-2017, and this equates to 4050 cases of melanoma per quarter (2).

If GP referrals of urgent skin cancer cases were reduced by 70% in April-June 2020, then it is likely that up to 2835 cases of melanoma have been missed during this time period.

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  1. Lai AG, Pasea L, Banerjeee A et al. Estimating excess mortality in people with cancer and multimorbidity in the COVID-19 emergency. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340984562_Estimating_excess_mortality_in_people_with_cancer_and_multimorbidity_in_the_COVID-19_emergency?channel=doi&linkId=5ea8b957a6fdcc7050976a3e&showFulltext=true
  1. https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/statistics-by-cancer-type/melanoma-skin-cancer