Scottish Government invests £100 million in cancer strategy even as incidence falls

Thanks again to list MSP Annie wells for exposing the Scottish Government’s £100 million investment in cancer treatment despite falling incidence of the disease, their encouragement of preventative strategies such as in the reduction of alcohol consumption and smoking and the increase in early detection, now 85.2% of all cancers detected at stages 1 or 2.


Other good news on cancer treatment here:

NHS Scotland beats 95% target for cancer treatment despite 6.6% increase in demand

As NHS England cancer treatment wait statistics ‘set to be worst on record’, NHS Scotland’s success is ignored

Cancer mortality rates fall 10% but Reporting Scotland ignore it

Only SNP Government has actual plans in place to reverse ‘abandonment’ of secondary breast cancer patients in UK. Researchers and reporters downplay or ignore this



One thought on “Scottish Government invests £100 million in cancer strategy even as incidence falls

  1. Ludo Thierry February 5, 2019 / 6:04 pm

    Hi John – there is further good stuff on a related theme on the site today regarding an overshoot of target being achieved in the Scottish bowel cancer screening programme (and also reaching the ‘hard to reach’ groups) ; Link and snippets below (hope I’m not pre-empting a planned piece by yourself?);

    New bowel screening test leads to increase in uptake

    A new, simpler bowel screening test has seen levels of participation rise to a record high.

    Scotland was the first part of the UK to introduce the Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) in November 2017. The new test requires the collection of just one sample, rather than three over a 10 day period as was previously the case.

    Statistics show that from November 2017 to April 2018, 64% of those eligible returned their FIT. In the same period the year before, uptake of the old test (the Faecal Occult Blood Test) was 56%.

    The biggest improvement in participation with FIT has been amongst those living in the most deprived areas – up from 42.0% to 51.8%.

    The number of men doing the test also rose by more than nine percentage points, from 52.6% to 61.8% and there has been a marked increase (8.2% to 18.4%) in uptake amongst those who had never participated before, but previously had the opportunity to.

    In Scotland men and women aged 50 to 74 are invited every two years to take part in bowel screening.

    Healthcare Improvement Scotland has set a standard of 60% for Bowel Screening participation.

    £5 million of funding from the Scottish Government’s £100 million Cancer Strategy is being invested in the national cancer screening programmes, including bowel, to encourage those who are eligible to take up their invite. This funding is targeted towards increasing participation in areas of deprivation and other areas where uptake is lowest.

    We don’t expect this good news to make it onto a TV screen near us anytime soon.


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