The League Against Cancer is sounding the alarm again. In a press release released Tuesday, February 23, the famous association responsible for promoting cancer screening estimates that “nearly 93,000 diagnoses” could not be established in France in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic, which would have caused many delays in the care of patients.
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The association, which had already warned of the drop in screening in the fall, is taking advantage of the start of “Blue March”, a month to raise awareness of colorectal cancer screening, to encourage the French to consult their doctor again. “We must continue to hammer out this message to save lives. The Covid-19 crisis must not make people forget cancer, a scourge that affects nearly 400,000 people each year”, recalls Axel Kahn, president of the League against cancer.
Colorectal cancer, with more than 43,000 new cases and more than 17,000 deaths each year in France, is the second leading cause of cancer death in men and the third in women, says the League. Which reminds that if it is detected early, this cancer is curable in 90% of cases.
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