Detect Cancer Early campaign launched in Scotland
Monday, February 20, 2012
Today Scotland's Health Secretary, Nicola Sturgeon, launched the
Detect Cancer Early campaign in Glasgow.
The £30 million drive will aim to improve survival rates in
bowel cancer, breast cancer and lung cancer, by increasing the
number of people diagnosed in the earliest stages of their
It is hoped the programme will save more than 300 lives a year
by the end of the next Parliamentary term, and from today a
publicity drive of television and radio adverts starts.
At the launch, Ms Sturgeon was joined by Glenys Marra, a bowel
cancer survivor and friend of Bowel Cancer UK. Glenys was
diagnosed with bowel cancer in November 2009 after she had suffered
extreme tiredness for some months and was diagnosed with diabetes
type 2 and high blood pressure. Even after these conditions
were treated, she didn't feel much better and in November 2009
Glenys completed a routine bowel screening kit, followed by a
The screening revealed many bleeding polyps and a tumour was
found. Glenys then had two tumours and a lymph node removed.
Glenys' cancer is now in remission and she currently attends
Glenys said "I urge all eligible people to get screened or to go
to their doctor if they are worried. It is what saved my
Speaking at the launch of the programme, Ms Sturgeon said,
"Scotland has made good progress in cancer treatment during the
last two decades. However, we continue to lag behind other parts of
Europe for cancer survival rates. And with an aging population, the
incidence of cancer is set to increase and more complex treatments
will be required. More action is therefore needed and this plan
sets out how we intend to achieve that."
The initial campaign activity will focus on the benefits of
presenting early to your GP with symptoms of cancer, and this will
be followed by a second wave of activity to highlight the symptoms
of the individual cancers.
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