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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-19110: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 28 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to encourage more women to attend breast screening appointments.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 29 October 2018

The Detect Cancer Early (DCE) Programme aims to increase the proportion of bowel, breast and lung cancers detected at an early stage. The Programme specifically targets those from areas of deprivation who are less likely to take part in screening and more likely to present at a late stage. A new DCE campaign – Survivors - was launched in September to reduce fear of cancer and remind people of the importance of acting early, whether they’re worried about a potential symptom or invited for screening. The TV advert – which is on screens for six weeks – includes a woman receiving a mammogram to address a key barrier to participation and help normalise the test.

In addition, we are investing up to £5m of funding from the Cancer Strategy 'Beating Cancer: Ambition and Action' 2016 to reduce inequalities, raise awareness and improve uptake in screening, particularly amongst those less likely to participate.