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Scots cancer patient says her life has been 'ruined' after treatment delayed by Covid

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A cancer patient told how her life was “ruined” afer she was denied cancer treatment because of the Covid lockdown. Fiona Weir, 44, was concerned about the changing shape and colour of a mole but she was unable to see a doctor face to face during lockdown.

She had gone to her GP in January 2020 and, while she wasn’t too concerned, she said she would refer her to a dermatologist.

But then lockdown hit and despite the changes her surgery said they weren’t seeing anyone face to face and no appointment arrived from dermatology because of the pandemic.

Fiona watched as the mole turned from light brown to dark brown, then black and grew in size. By the end of April, it had grown massively and she was having sleepless nights but she was still unable to access medical help.

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