Prince Charles issues stark cancer warning as Covid takes ’devastating ...

PRINCE CHARLES has issued a warning that cancer could become the "forgotten C" during the coronavirus pandemic as vital treatments and operations are being cancelled.

PUBLISHED: 02:21, Sat, Jan 2, 2021 | UPDATED: 02:21, Sat, Jan 2, 2021

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The Prince of Wales is a patron of Macmillan Cancer Support which provides health care, information and financial support to those affected by cancer. He highlighted how the pandemic has taken a “devastating toll” on cancer services.

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The prince warned that cancelling certain cancer operations was causing “despair” among patients with the disease.

Last month millions of people missed out on potentially life-saving scans when non-coronavirus services in the NHS ground to an almost halt during the pandemic.

In England, about 4.4million fewer scans were performed between April and September 2020 compared to the same period in 2019 according to reports.

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Experts have warned this could create a backlog that may cause more people to visit hospitals with worsened cancer conditions.

Prince CharlesPrince Charles has issued a warning that cancer could become the “forgotten C” during the pandemic (Image: getty)

Prince CharlesPrince Charles is a patron of Macmillan Cancer Support (Image: getty)

Jody Moffatt, head of early diagnosis for Cancer Research UK, told BBC: “Those patients could be diagnosed with a more aggressive, later-stage cancer.

"There is a cohort of patients out there that have not been diagnosed yet - and who knows what state they will be in when they are."

The Prince of Wales reiterated the concerns over cancer being side-lined during the pandemic.

He told the Daily Telegraph: "In many cases, due to the pandemic, difficulties have become crises, a sense of isolation has become actual separation, and – as vital treatment or surgery has in some cases been postponed – anxiety has become despair.

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Coronavirus newsOn Friday, the UK recorded 53,285 new COVID-19 cases and 613 further coronavirus deaths (Image: getty)

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