The HSE says the number of patients being referred to cancer diagnostic services has decreased since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The National Cancer Control programme said it is concerned that people with symptoms of cancer are delaying seeking medical advice and has encouraged people with symptoms to contact their GP.
In a statement, it said the average number of patients with suspected breast, lung, prostate and skin cancer being referred to hospital clinics is now less than half the number being referred prior to Covid-19 public health measures and it urged people not to delay seeking medical advice.
On Monday, Gavin spoke with Anne Murphy from Tulla, an oncology nurse who works with Clare Cancer Support. They can be reached on 087 691 2396 or [email protected]