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Coronavirus Kent: Fewer people screened for cancer since Covid-19 outbreak

Doctors in Kent say they are worried not enough people are coming forward for cancer checks because of Covid-19.

This comes after charity Macmillan Cancer Support revealed the number of people receiving treatment has dropped since lockdown was introduced in March.

Phil Wellbrook from KMTV reports

GP Jack Jacobs from Macmillian said: "We really do want to stress the point that we are still here, we are open for business as usual although it's a different kind of usual.

"The cancer screening checks have been wound down but I understand that the plan is to get that moving again.

"Similarly, we know that referral levels into hospitals for suspected cancer - and there are set clinics for that - have also gone down which is a worry to all of us and a worry to patients too."

Vital treatments are still going ahead but there have been delays to those deemed less important.

Wilf Williams from the Kent and Medway CCG said: "I think there have been conversations where appropriately there have been some delays but, where its has been absolutely essential, treatment has still been going ahead.

"The real concern has been that people have not been coming forward to use those and that's the really strong message we want to get across. If you don't use services when you need them, there might be some terrible consequences."

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