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Hume: Mininsters must do more to promote healthy living in face of cancer statistics

April 30, 2013 12:26 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on figures published today which show that two in fiveJim HumeJim Hume people will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetime and that cancer incidence rates have increased by 9 percent in females compared to a decrease of 3 percent in males, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP said:

"These figures will not be news to the many families in Scotland whose lives have been turned upside down by cancer. Whilst it is an encouraging sign that mortality rates for cancer are falling, the trends within these statistics demonstrate the need for the government and for us as individuals to do everything we can to avoid it.

"The long-term decline in lung cancer in males has been attributed in part to fewer men smoking, where rises in other types of cancer have been pointed to an increase in obesity and alcohol consumption.

"The Scottish Government must do more to promote healthy lifestyles in Scotland. It is clear that Scotland's relationship with alcohol and food must change if we are to tackle the menace of cancer in our families and communities."