SNP MSP for Glasgow Bob Doris has welcomed the Detect Cancer Early programme, which has seen a strong increase in the number of early diagnoses since its establishment.
Latest statistics show that the percentage of patients diagnosed with lung cancer at the earliest stage (stage one) has increased by 24.7 per cent since the launch of the Scottish Government's Detect Cancer Early programme. However, Glasgow continues to be disproportionately affected, with almost 25% more cases of lung cancer per year than the rest of Scotland.
People are around 20 times more likely to survive lung cancer if it is detected at an early stage compared to a late stage 3, which is why the Detect Cancer Early campaign is encouraging people with a three week cough to see their GP in a bid to boost survival rates in Scotland.
However, Bob believes it is particularly important for Glasgow to continue to build on the success of the programme, given higher rates of cancer, and ensure that everyone who develops potential symptoms will take themselves to get tested.
Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in Scotland, and more treatable than ever. Thanks to advancements in treatments and increased rates of early detection, more people than ever in Scotland are surviving lung cancer. These rates will only continue if the Scottish people take it upon themselves to get tested.
The Detect Cancer Early programme aims to increase the proportion of people who are diagnosed in the early stages of breast, bowel and lung cancer by 25 per cent by the end of 2015.
Bob said: "I am pleased that the Detect Cancer Early programme has seen an increase in the number of patients diagnosed early with lung cancer. Early diagnosis is one of the best ways we can ensure cancer patients' survival.
"However, given how disproportionately Glasgow is affected by lung cancer, we must take extra care to ensure we don't ignore symptoms, such as a prolonged cough. We've made progress, but we can do better.
"Sometimes a cough is just a cough, but that's not a risk anyone should have to take."
Detect Cancer Early Staging Data (2013 & 2014 calendar years combined; published 18 August 2015) compared to Detect Cancer Early Data Baseline (2010 & 2011 calendar years combined; published 28 May 2013), Information Services Division Scotland.
Cancer Research UK, Local Cancer Statistics for Greater Glasgow and Clyde, extracted November 2015.
Scottish Cancer Registry, ISD, extracted September 2014, based on patients diagnosed in 2005-2007.