(note: photo taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic)
The significance of World Cancer Day, which takes place on Thursday 4th February, is being highlighted by Donald Cameron MSP.
The Highlands and Islands Regional MSP, who has lodged a motion marking the day in the Scottish Parliament, said:
“World Cancer Day provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the advances which have seen survival rates double in the last 40 years.
“But despite these advances we should remember that one in two people get cancer during their lifetimes so it remains incredibly important that we do not let up in the work to diagnose and treat this disease, notwithstanding the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It would be tragic if people who have any symptoms hesitate to seek assistance from the NHS.
“So if you have any worries, please refer yourself. Our NHS staff remain absolutely dedicated to providing the best possible care and the sooner treatment can be prescribed, the better the prospects.”
Donald's motion to Parliament is as follows:
Title: World Cancer Day 2021
Motion Text: That the Parliament recognises that 4 February 2021 is World Cancer Day, a global initiative that encourages everyone to put cancer on the global agenda; understands that one in two people will get cancer in their lifetime, that great progress in research has seen survival rates double in the last 40 years, and that Cancer Research UK’s vision is to see three-quarters of people with cancer surviving the disease by 2034; notes that this World Cancer Day comes at an extremely difficult time, and recognises the efforts of third sector organisations and groups such as the Scottish Cancer Coalition to support people affected by cancer during the pandemic; understands that COVID-19 has caused significant disruption to screening, diagnosis and treatment of cancer; acknowledges the commitment and determination of NHS staff in delivering cancer services in the face of unprecedented challenges, and notes the belief that it is vital that long-term plans are made to ensure an adequate and resilient cancer workforce and achieve the best outcome for every cancer patient in Scotland.