During the April 2020 lockdowns roughly 98 per cent of breast screens were cancelled or delayed across Australia. There were 20,000 fewer breast screening procedures than what would have been expected in a normal year.
As a result, it is estimated that there may have been between 10,000 and 20,000 cases of cancer that have been missed during the pandemic. With breast cancer being the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia, NBCF is concerned that many of these 10-20k cases are likely to be those who have undiagnosed breast cancer.
This could result in more advanced breast cancer diagnoses in the coming years.
That's why breast cancer research is more important than ever.