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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-07893: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what actions it is taking to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of brain tumours of people who are aged 0-24.

Answered by: Shona Robison 20 March 2017

The Detect Cancer Early Programme aims to improve cancer survival rates in Scotland to amongst the best in Europe, by diagnosing and treating cancer at the earliest stages, and has recently engaged with The Brain Tumour Charity to discuss the inclusion of their HeadSmart campaign materials as part of the ‘wee c’ strategy.

Through our £100million cancer strategy ‘Beating Cancer: Ambition and Action’ we are also committed to working in partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust to further develop their schools-based education and awareness programme.

To support GPs to refer and diagnose suspected cancers earlier we published updated Scottish Cancer Referral Guidelines. These guidelines, revised in 2014, are there to help GPs to identify those people who are most likely to have cancer, and who therefore require urgent assessment by a specialist. The guidelines include specific information to help GPs identify cancer in children and young adults.