FOOTBALL legend Sir Alex Ferguson is fronting a Scottish campaign to help increase the early detection of lung cancer.
Between 2005 and 2009, there were 490 incidences of lung cancer in the Borders.
The former Manchester United boss says early detection can give people extra time with their families.
He also stresses that, although he lost both parents to the disease, lung cancer is now much more treatable and people do survive.
Lung cancer is the most common cancer in Scotland, with around 5,000 people diagnosed each year.
Health secretary Alex Neil said: “More lives can be saved through earlier detection. It is great to have such a recognisable face to front the campaign, and I’m sure Sir Alex Ferguson’s story will help encourage people to get themselves checked early.”
As part of the £30million Detect Lung Cancer Early campaign, roadshows have already visited Galashiels and Hawick. The aim is to increase the early detection of cancer by 25 per cent by the end of 2015.
Sir Alex said: “Cancer is not what it used to be and there are now treatments that can save or extend your life. Rather than doing nothing about it, I urge anyone who is worried to get checked as early as they can.”