Cancer Council Victoria chief executive Todd Harper said: “We know that during the pandemic, people put off seeking medical advice and their approach to health changed, only seeking help for serious, acute issues.”
Patients have reported delays in receiving diagnoses, potentially due to disruptions in healthcare services and personal reasons such as cost concerns.
“Many Victorians are continuing to delay or are hesitant to book appointments with their doctor to discuss cancer symptoms or for cancer screening as they believe they will not be able to access a health system that they consider is overburdened.”
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