The COVID-19 pandemic has had a "profound" impact on the diagnosis and treatment of cancer around the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.
The UN health agency also said that breast cancer has now emerged as the leading cause of deaths worldwide among women.
"50 per cent of governments (having) cancer services partially or completely disrupted because of the year-long pandemic", said Andre Ilbawi, an expert of non-communicable diseases' dept. of WHO, on Feb 2.
"Delays in diagnosis are common. Interruptions in therapy or abandonment have increased significantly," he was quoted by UN News.
And this would likely have an impact in the total number of cancer deaths in coming years, the physician added.
Amid uncertainty over which COVID-19 vaccine might be the most suitable for cancer patients, given the increased vulnerability of some individuals, Ilbawi said that "data from ongoing clinical vaccine trials is yet to be published".