Our Policy and Campaigns Manager in Scotland, Lawrence Cowan, comments on the latest statistics published today.

Tuesday 17 May 2016      Scotland
Breast Cancer Now responds to today’s Cancer Incidence in Scotland ISD statistics

Breast Cancer Now’s Policy and Campaigns Manager in Scotland, Lawrence Cowan, said:

"There are many reasons behind today's figures but one thing is clear - we need to step up our efforts to tackle breast cancer.

"More Scots are being diagnosed with breast cancer than a decade ago and it remains the most common cancer among women. We also know that while huge progress has been made in improving survival, almost 1,000 women a year in Scotland still die from this devastating disease.

“That’s why we need to continue to support research and find better ways to prevent, detect and treat breast cancer.

“At Breast Cancer Now, we believe we can stop women dying from breast cancer by 2050 – but only if we all act now. That means everyone coming together to do what they can to make a difference.

“It’s positive that the Scottish Government shares our ambition to stop breast cancer deaths by 2050. We look forward to working with them to make it happen.”

Key points from the report:

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. Over the last decade the incidence rate has increased by 7%.
  • 4,610 cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in 2014 compared with 4,006 in 2004. The full report can be found here.