How are the SNP improving cancer services?

Cancer services have come a long way over the past ten years, with cancer mortality rates down 11 per cent. However, with an expected 25 per cent increase in the number of people diagnosed with cancer by 2027, we know more needs to be done.

Over the next five years we will implement the new Cancer Strategy, investing £100 million to improve the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of cancer. This will include the continuation and expansion of the Detect Cancer Early programme, investment in radiotherapy equipment and staff, regular cancer patient experience surveys, and continued action to realise our ambition that, by 2050, no-one should die from breast cancer.

We are also making targeted improvements to urological and colorectal services, to increase capacity in response to rising demand. A review of urological services is being undertaken and we are examining a new diagnostic test for colorectal cancer for a national roll-out.