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8,600 Lung Cancer Patients Fail to Get Treated in Japan in 2020

8,600 Lung Cancer Patients Fail to Get Treated in Japan in 2020

   Tokyo, May 17 (Jiji Press)--Some 8,600 lung cancer patients in Japan are feared to have missed the opportunity to receive treatment last year, the Japan Lung Cancer Society said Monday.
   The estimate, calculated based on a nationwide survey, reflected the coronavirus pandemic-related cancer screening cancellations and people's reluctance to visit doctors amid the viral spread, according to the society.
   "To have cancer detected without delay, it is important to get screened on a regular basis," a society official said.
   The society conducted the survey in late October last year on university hospitals and hospitals specialized in cancer treatment in Japan. It analyzed data collected from 118 institutions across the country.
   According to the survey results, the number of lung cancer patients who underwent surgery or chemotherapy in January-October 2020 stood at 18,562, down about 6.6 pct from January-October 2019.

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