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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-11270: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 13 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to raise greater awareness of less-survivable cancers.

Answered by: Shona Robison 26 September 2017

Our cancer strategy, ‘Beating Cancer: Ambition and Action’, launched in March 2016 with £100 million of investment, serves as a blueprint for the future of cancer services in Scotland, aiming to improve the prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, aftercare and ultimately survival, for all people diagnosed with cancer.

We also support the national Quality Performance Indicator programme which aims to drive improvement in the outcomes and survival rates for people with cancer, including those noted by the Less Survivable Cancers Taskforce.

In 2014 to help support earlier referral or investigation of patients who may be showing a suspicion of cancer, Healthcare Improvement Scotland updated and published revised Scottish Referral Guidelines for Suspected Cancer, which cover a wide range of tumour types. These guidelines should help in the identification of people most likely to have cancer and require specialist assessment. The updated version of the guidelines is available at the following Link: http://www.healthcareimprovementscotland.org/our_work/cancer_care_improvement/programme_resources/scottish_referral_guidelines.aspx