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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-20585: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 12 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to improve lung cancer survival rates, and what its response is to the recent report, Long-term Monitoring of Health Inequalities, which suggests that people in more deprived areas are four times more likely to die from lung cancer.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 7 January 2019

Through our £42 million Detect Cancer Early (DCE) Programme, we aim to increase the proportion of cancers that are detected at the earliest stage when the chance of survival is higher.

Public awareness of early signs and symptoms is key to driving early stage diagnoses. The Detect Lung Cancer Early campaign fronted by Sir Alex Ferguson was first launched on 6 November 2013. This was supported by the existing marketing campaign being on air again in January and November 2018. A Detect Cancer Early campaign ‘Survivors’ was also launched in September 2018 to reduce fear around all cancers and to empower people, regardless of age or symptoms, to act if they have a worry or concern.

The Scottish Government is committed to supporting GPs to be more aware of the potential signs and symptoms of cancer and the Scottish Referral Guidelines for Suspected Cancer, which include a specific section on lung cancer, are currently being refreshed and will be published early 2019.