More people die of colon cancer than coronavirus, figures show – as lead doctor says Britain has become ‘obsessed’ with Covid deaths
- Figures show that more people die from colon cancer than COVID-19
- Professor Karol Sikora, an oncologist, said the number of cancer deaths will increase
- There are 319 colon cancer deaths each week and 42,000 new cases each year
Britain has become ‘obsessed’ with the deaths of Covid-19, a leading medic who warned last night, as new figures show that more people are now dying from colon cancer.
Professor Karol Sikora, an oncologist, said the number of cancer deaths would increase if ministers did not target non-coronavirus patients, who found it more difficult to get vital tests.
At the peak of the outbreak in mid-April, more than 8,000 coronavirus-related deaths occurred weekly in England and Wales, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Professor Karol Sikora, an oncologist, said the number of cancer deaths would increase if ministers did not target non-coronavirus patients, who found it more difficult to get vital tests. Shown: Stock photo of a patient in the hospital
The number has fallen sharply since then.
In the week ending July 17, the last for which figures are available, there were 305 across the UK.
In contrast, there are 319 colon cancer deaths every week in the UK, based on an annual figure of 16,600 from the Cancer Research UK charity.
Prof Sikora, Chief Medical Officer of Private Rutherford Health, who has started offering cancer tests and treatments to NHS patients, said, “We have spent too much time obsessing over Covid deaths and not enough to get our health system going again to get. as usual to avoid other deaths. ‘
He said colon cancer was “common” – there are 42,000 new cases every year – and while it can be cured in more than 90 percent of patients if it is noticed early, “once it spreads, it drops to less than 15 percent “.