by Bronagh Loughlin

 

It has been recorded that there has been a 60% drop in cancer screenings for the first half of this year as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown.

The Meath West TD Peadar Tóibín has said that the drop in cancer screenings during the COVID-19 lockdown will cost many lives.

Tóibín was diagnosed with, the skin cancer,

Toibin; ‘Unacceptable’

melanoma during the summer. However, he has recently received the positive news that his prognosis may not be as bad as he first feared.

He feels that the lack of screenings will result in many not being as fortunate as he is. He says, “There are many people right now in the health service who have diagnosis similar to myself and I have spoken to doctors across the country who have told me that there are individuals that they know of whose outcomes will not be positive and that the people will lose their lives as a result of the lack of treatment that they have received over the last number of months”.