Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now respond to a report on cancer incidence in Scotland

Ashleigh Simpson, Policy and Campaigns Manager (Scotland), Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now said: 

These figures demonstrate just how much there is still to do on breast cancer in Scotland. Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among Scottish women, and with incidence continuing to rise we need to find ways to prevent more cases, detect the disease earlier and treat it more effectively at every stage.

The number of people diagnosed with breast cancer has increased significantly over the last two decades, and we need to do all we can to ensure all women have access to the long-term care and support services they need. 

It’s really encouraging that such a significant proportion (41%) of breast cancers diagnosed in Scotland in 2017 were at the earliest possible stage. The earlier the disease is detected, the more likely treatment is to be successful. 

It is clear that the NHS Breast Screening Programme remains absolutely critical to early diagnosis in Scotland. While screening comes with some risks to be aware of, we’d encourage all women to attend their appointments when invited. It’s also vital that all women check their breasts regularly and visit their GP if they notice any unusual changes.

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