Best way to beat cancer

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Residents are being urged to watch out for the early signs of cancer as part of a Scottish Government campaign.

Around 30,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland each year, with breast, bowel and lung 
the most common tumour types.

However, thousands are now surviving because it’s being detected earlier.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Scottish women, accounting for almost 30 per cent of female cancer cases in 2010.

You’re five times more likely to survive breast cancer if it is diagnosed and treated at the earliest stage.

Signs and symptoms to watch out for include changes to nipple appearance, size or shape of breast, dimpling, skin texture or nipple discharge.

Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Scotland. When detected at an early stage, bowel cancer is highly treatable – nine out of ten people survive bowel cancer if it’s caught early.

The Scottish Bowel Screening programme invites men and women aged between 50 and 74 who are registered with a GP, to participate in screening every two years – it’s the best way to detect blood in the bowel movements.

If you want to find out more information about cancer, contact NHS Inform on 0800 22 44 88 or visit