Date lodged: 23 February 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether it has or plans to introduce a national strategy for testing bowel cancer patients for Lynch syndrome.
Answered by: Shona Robison 7 March 2018
It is current protocol for all NHS Scotland Health Boards to ensure appropriate referral and testing when Lynch syndrome occurs, and for all patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer before the age of 60.
In relation to the NICE guidelines recommendation to extend referral and testing for lynch syndrome to all patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer; the impacts of this recommendation are currently being reviewed by NHS Scotland’s Molecular Pathology Consortium (MPC).