The mortality rate of Covid19 is less than 2%.
Cancer is THE biggest killer in Ireland.
For patients who may have a delayed diagnosis, it makes for grim reading:
For cervical cancer, earlier detection avoids premature death but it also improves a woman's quality of life. Women who are detected earlier may still be able to enjoy a sex life and have a family
These are HUGE issues for those facing a cancer diagnosis.
We urgently need a roadmap for restarting cancer screening services.
It is NOT good enough that this is not planned for the foreseeable future
that the burden of detection is left to our GPs.
I spoke to a number of GPs who told me, off the record, that there is no reason why GPs cannot get back to the business of referrals for screening now that Covid hubs are up and running around the country.