Melanoma excisions slip through COVID-19 cracks: Cancer Australia

The skin cancer procedure was impacted most by the pandemic, new report reveals

The number of melanomas excised in 2020 was about 15% fewer than expected, even in states with lower numbers of COVID-19 cases and less pandemic restrictions, says Cancer Australia. 

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In a further illustration of the pandemic’s secondary health effects, the analysis of MBS data showed that treatment of breast cancer was 6% lower than expectations and treatment for pancreatic cancer was 7% lower. 

Treatments for gynaecological cancer — comprising cervical, ovarian, vulval,