Reluctance to attend hospital tests and come forward about symptoms could be contributing to delays in lung cancer diagnosis.
The latest cancer waiting times show an 8% drop in the number of people starting cancer treatment in January, compared with figures from January 2020.
Nearly half of people who had potential cancer symptoms in the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic did not contact their GP.
Health officials are urging people to get symptoms checked, after figures suggest that thousands of people in England could have undiagnosed lung cancer.
The Francis Crick Institute – of which Cancer Research UK is a major funder – has partnered with UCLH to establish a COVID-19 vaccination centre.
Due to the effects of COVID-19, Cancer Research UK has had to cut its research funding by £45 million.
Cancer Research UK’s 470 charity shops in England have closed for one month from 5 November, following the announcement of a national lockdown.
New figures suggest that the UK could lose up to £7.8 billion of investment in life-saving research by 2027 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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