Jackie Baillie today trying to make political capital out of health issues.
For nearly two years now, I’ve been asking the same question, here, of civil servants and of oncology professors -no replies.
Why do I ask?
On December 6th, from Pete Whitehouse, Director of Statistical Services at the National Records of Scotland on 2nd December:
Excess deaths from all causes began to increase in October, but this is almost entirely due to the corresponding rise in COVID-19 deaths. Deaths from causes such as respiratory diseases and cancer are below average levels for this time of year.
Over the whole of 2020, cancer deaths seem to have reduced.
Now, I hesitate here due to my lack of expertise. Readers may be able to correct or help out. I will change this section if I have to.
According to the NRS, there were 16 275 deaths due to ‘Malignant Neoplasms (C00-C97)’ but there had been 16 478 in the previous year, 2019.
I can’t see any sign of other types of cancer in the NRS data.
While some of these deaths may not yet have happened yet, surely enough will have to push the figures up?
When I first became aware of this apparent anomaly of fewer cancer deaths this year, I wrote to several professors of oncology and epidemiology – no answers. I wrote to several politicians responsible or opposition spokespersons for health – vague non-answers.