– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 9th March 2011.

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Question S3W-39808

To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken or will take to match the National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative/Department of Health £9 million funding to trusts in England to promote early diagnosis of breast, bowel and lung cancer.

Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

Scottish Government is aware of the work being undertaken by the Department of Health regarding cancer awareness and early diagnosis. The Scottish Cancer Taskforce, which oversees the commitments outlined in Better Cancer Care: an Action Plan, is already undertaking some work to increase early awareness of signs and symptoms of all cancers amongst both members of the public and the medical community, for example, through the early referral guidelines for general practitioners.

However, the Better Cancer Care Progress Report published online in December 2010 recognised that this is an area where further detailed work is required.

The Scottish Cancer Taskforce is currently updating its work plan and this is an area that will have a greater focus in the future.

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