Date lodged: 18 February 2019
To ask the Scottish Government whether (a) cholesterol and (b) prostate checks are publicly available, and what programmes are in place to encourage people to undertake these.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 4 March 2019
The Scottish Government, along with the rest of the UK is advised on all aspects of screening by the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) an independent expert advisory group. The UK NSC does not currently recommend screening for prostate or cholesterol as it has not been established from the evidence that the benefits of screening outweigh the harms.
Patients attending a GP or other relevant healthcare professional (e.g. community pharmacist) can be offered checks for cholesterol or prostate where it is clinically relevant to do so. This may be due to individual risk factors, or patient symptoms.