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Cole-Hamilton: Government must encourage bowel cancer screening

February 7, 2017 4:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today urged the Scottish Government to do more to encourage over 50s to be screened for bowel cancer, after new figures revealed a fall in the uptake rate.

For the latest two-year reporting period uptake was 57.0% which was slightly lower than the uptake reported for the period 1 May 2013 to 30 April 2015 (57.7%).

Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

"Early diagnosis of bowel cancer makes the chance of survival 14 times more likely.

"That's why it is so disappointing that the Scottish Government are slipping further away from their testing target.

"What's more, in areas such as Glasgow the uptake of screening and the time taken to get patients treated is significantly worse than the national average.

"The Scottish Government needs to do more to do more to encourage over 50s to get tested, particularly in the poorest regions of the country."