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The NHS waiting times quarterly data shows the targets of 93% for the two-week wait for those referred with breast symptoms has been missed:
NHS waiting times data from March 2020 shows:
Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Now, the research and care charity, said:
"These figures are a worrying indication of the impact the start of the coronavirus outbreak had on the number of referrals for people with possible symptoms to see a breast cancer specialist, and this concerning picture looks set to worsen in next month’s data.
“It’s so important everyone knows that they can and should still get in touch with their GP surgery urgently if they notice an unusual change in their breasts. Check your breasts regularly, and while most breast changes won’t be cancer contact your GP as soon as possible if you find anything different or new. The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the more likely treatment is to be successful.
“With NHS breast screening also currently suspended in some areas, we now urgently need to see clear plans put in place across the NHS to recover cancer diagnostic services, to minimise any delays for women and men and to ensure the already stretched NHS workforce can cope.
“Anyone concerned about a potential symptom of breast cancer can also call our free Helpline on 0808 800 6000. If you need someone to talk to, our expert nurses are just at the end of the phone.”