Local MP Richard Thomson has highlighted Less Survivable Cancers Day, taking place on 11 January (today) in a move to help raise awareness so more people understand their symptoms and go to see their GP if they have concerns.
The six less survivable common cancers (lung, pancreatic, liver, brain, oesophageal and stomach) are responsible for almost half of all cancer deaths and make up a quarter of cancer cases each year in the UK.
Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said:
“Less survivable cancers are difficult to diagnose, with vague or non-specific symptoms. Awareness of less survivable cancers and their symptoms needs to be raised, encouraging people to see their GP if they have worrying symptoms.
“Sadly, only 16% of people diagnosed with a less survivable cancer will live for 5 years or more after diagnosis. There simply haven’t been the improvements in outcomes for these cancers that have been made in other cancer areas in recent decades.
“Over 6,000 people are diagnosed with one of these cancers every year in Scotland and they account for almost half of all common cancer deaths. I’m pleased to support the Less Survivable Cancers Taskforce; an alliance of charities representing people diagnosed with one of the 6 less survivable cancers.”