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ICS Says Cancer Deaths Will Increase Over The Next Decade, Because Of The Pandemic.

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It is appearing before an Oireachtas committee today.

There will be more cancer deaths over the next 10 years due to disruption to services during the pandemic.

That's according to the Irish Cancer Society, which is appearing before the Oireachtas Health Committee today, on which sits Kildare North Fine Gael TD, Bernard Durkan.

It says one in six people are still choosing not to go to their GP with health concerns - leading to patients eventually presenting with more advanced cancers.

Rachel Morrogh, from the Irish Cancer Society, says services have been badly disrupted over the past 15 months.

At least 10 per cent of cancers weren't diagnosed last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Rachel Morrogh says the disruption to services during the pandemic has had a big impact.

A record number of patients are now on hospital waiting lists because of the Covid 19 pandemic.

Health officials say the recent cyber-attack has crippled a system that was already on its knees.

Stephanie Rohan reports from the Oireachtas Health Committee.




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