Communications Infographics

The impact of the covid-19 pandemic on cancer deaths due to delays in diagnosis in England

Since a national lockdown was introduced across the UK in March, 2020, in response to the COVID-19
pandemic, cancer screening has been suspended, routine diagnostic work deferred, and only urgent symptomatic
cases prioritised for diagnostic intervention.


National cancer plans

In 1996 a government report showed that there was a difference in how long cancer patients were surviving depending on how wealthy they were (we call it the ‘deprivation gap in survival’).