Early cancer diagnosis critical

New figures out today show that the Government is still missing their own cancer detection target by a wide margin.

In 2012, the Health Secretary launched the Detect Cancer Early programme, with the aim of increasing the number of people diagnosed earlier (stage 1) by 25% by 2015. However, new statistics today show there has only been a 8.4% increase to date with "little change" in the most recent set of figures.

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

“Early diagnosis of cancer can make all the difference to successful treatment. That’s why it is so disappointing to see the Government still failing to meet their target, three years on from when they were supposed to. Despite this extra time, there is still a huge shortfall in the number of patients being diagnosed before their cancer advances.

“Unfortunately for patients, this is yet another promise for cancer that wasn’t kept, with waiting time targets continually missed. I hope the new Health Secretary will agree that this is critical and set out how this situation will be turned around.” 

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