The Irish Cancer Society says it's "not good enough" that people who live in disadvantaged areas are more likely to die from cancer.
A new report from the Irish Cancer Registry found those in less affluent areas had a higher incidence of cervical, lung and stomach cancers.
It told the Oireachtas Health Committee that around 2 thousand 500 potential diagnoses could have been missed in 2020, as a result of the pandemic.
Averil Power, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society, says it's unacceptable.
''We've seen statistics published before that you are three times more likely to get and die from cancer in Mulhuddart than Castleknock. These two areas are side by side but they have radically different outcomes. Primarily because of their incomes and access to diagnostics and it's not good enough.''
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