Holyrood wants more people to take cancer checks

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AS PART of a health drive by the Scottish Government, people living in the Borders are urged to have checks against cancer.

Around 30,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland each year, with breast, bowel and lung being the most common tumour types.

Last year in this region, cancer accounted for 28.8 per cent of deaths in men and 26.8 per cent of deaths among in women.

With an aging population, incidences of cancer are expected to increase –over-60s represent 23.5 per cent of Scotland’s population, but in the Borders the figure is 29.3 per cent.

Experts say it is vital to detect it early when a wider range of treatments are available, with a greater chance of survival.

A Holyrood spokesman said: “The average survival rate for cancer has doubled over the past 30 years. People are more aware of the signs and symptoms. Thousands are surviving cancer because it’s being detected earlier.

“Participating in screening tests such as the breast and bowel cancer programmes remains the best way of detecting cancer at an early stage. Getting to know how your body normally looks and feels is an important part of your personal health routine.

“Don’t get scared, get checked.”

z NHS Inform on 0800 22 44 88 or www.nhsinform.co.uk.