Skin checks and skin cancer diagnosis in Australian general practice before and during the COVID pandemic, 2011-2020.
J Roseleur, DA Gonzalez-Chica, J Emery, NP Stocks
British Journal of Dermatology | Published : 2021
Reports from several European countries suggest COVID-19 had a profound impact on referral for cancer diagnoses. A Dutch study using their National Cancer Registry reported that skin cancer diagnosis reduced by 60% six weeks after the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was identified in that country, while for other cancer types, this reduction was 26%.1 In the United Kingdom, reductions of 56% for referrals of all skin cancers and 53% in diagnoses for skin cancers were reported2 , with similar results found in one Australian state.3.