According to him, thanks to the pandemic, oncologists have really become more likely to detect lung cancer at an early stage.
However, according to Stilidi, this is not due to the virus itself, but to the fact that Russians have become more likely to undergo lung examinations using computed tomography, fearing pneumonia.
“Due does not mean as a result. <...> There is no data on the connection of COVID with the occurrence of malignant formations,” the oncologist stressed.
Earlier, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Health Protection, Candidate of Medical Sciences Tatyana Solomatina said that those who have had coronavirus can develop lung or gastrointestinal tract cancer. According to her, inflammation due to COVID-19 can become the initial stage for the development of oncological diseases.
In May 2020, the head of the operstab information center for monitoring the situation with coronavirus, the chief physician of Moscow Hospital No. 71, Alexander Myasnikov, said that cancer patients are at an increased risk of infection with infectious diseases. The doctor noted that the body of people with oncological diseases is weakened not only by the tumor, but also by the treatment itself.