Scotland now has many schemes aimed at the early detection of cancer. Breast screening programmes done locally, bowel cancer tests taken in your own home and posted off and for men – being more aware about prostate cancer and going for a check up.
Survival rates are improving for cancer if detected early with 16,800 men and women diagnosed with cancer this year who will survive.
Dr Gregor Smith, Deputy Chief Medical Officer said:
“There are now many cancers where the earlier it is found, the easier it is to treat and the higher your chance of survival.
“If you notice any potential signs or symptoms, please do see your doctor, who will want to discuss them with you. Don’t put any concerns to the back of your mind.”
The Detect Cancer Early campaign has been on the go in Scotland since 2012.
This years campaign is emphasising the success of early detection and that increasing numbers of people are surviving cancer with treatment.
Jeane Freeman, Health Secretary in the Scottish Government said:
“More people are surviving cancer than ever before, but we know that fear of cancer is putting people off getting checked or attending screening, when invited.
“This latest campaign has been developed to remind people across Scotland of their resilience and strength, in the hope that they’ll act early to give themselves the best chance of finding cancer early.”
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Reporter: Fiona Grahame