Date lodged: 8 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what steps it will take to reduce the number of people with a brain tumour diagnosed through emergency admission to hospital.
Answered by: Shona Robison 20 March 2017
We want to ensure that primary care staff are able to play a full role in the early detection of all cancers. The Scottish Referral Guidelines for suspected cancer were last updated in 2014 and are readily available for GPs. Also, through our 'wee c' cancer awareness campaign, we encourage anyone who is worried about any potential symptoms, or have noticed an unusual change in their body, to get checked.
Referral is always a clinical decision and on occasion emergency admissions are required. Our £100 million Scottish cancer strategy, Beating Cancer: Ambition and Action, published last year aims to improve diagnosis and treatment for all cancers, including brain tumours.