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Figures show that over 2,700 people are waiting for urgent bowel cancer tests

Figures that go up to the end of May have shown that more than 2,700 people are waiting for an urgent colonoscopy to test for bowel cancer.

The figures, released by the Irish Cancer Society, reveal the impact that Covid-19 is having on cancer screening services.

This waiting list could lead to a delayed diagnosis.

Of the 2,700 people, more than 1,300 have been waiting longer than 28 days, and 300 people have been waiting over 90 days for a test.

Minister for Health ‘Simon Harris’ stated that the HSE would be restarting dates for cancer screening programmes by the end of June.

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