A heart-rending report attributing a cancer death to the effects of the pandemic on treatment. I’m in no position to comment on the case but I’m puzzled by the wider trend apparent in statistics suggesting a fall in cancer deaths and not a rise due to treatment delays.
In the Scottish context responding to rumours of a ‘tsunami of cancer deaths‘ being predicted by opposition politicians as early as April 2020, I was struck by the NRS data indicating a fall in cancer deaths throughout 2020. You can read more at: https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2021/06/30/where-once-more-is-the-tsunami-of-cancer-deaths/
The above story triggered a quick search for the data on cancer mortality in England and this ONS data is striking too. The two dominant cancer forms, malignant neoplasm, both show a fall in mortality in August 2021 compared with the five year average.
To me, this makes no sense unless some forms of treatment are actually harmful.
Six months ago, I wrote to cancer researchers and health board chiefs – no replies at all.