Detect cancer early - roadshow to visit Stornoway

A roadshow that aims to raise awareness of the benefits of detecting cancer in the earliest stages of the disease will visit Tesco, Ferry Road, Stornoway on Thursday 29 March and Friday 30 March from 9am to 5pm as part of a £30 million drive by the Scottish Government to improve cancer survival rates in Scotland.

The first phase of the national awareness campaign will focus on the three most common cancers in Scotland - breast, lung and bowel cancer. It aims to save more than 300 lives by 2016 and will also address people’s fear and lack of knowledge about the prospects of survival from cancer, as well as tackling their apprehension to approach their doctor.

The Detect Cancer Early tour will offer help and advice to people in the Western Isles on how to spot the signs and symptoms of cancer. Roadshow staff will be available to provide passers-by with advice and information on cancer and screening programmes.

NHS Western Isles Nurse Director/Chief Operating Officer, Nigel Hobson said: “Early detection is crucial to improving cancer survival rates and our GPs want to hear from anyone who has symptoms that they think could be cancer. We would also urge people in the Western Isles to participate in screening programmes if they are eligible.

“If you have any questions or would like to know more about how you can spot the early signs of cancer then go along to the Detect Cancer Early Roadshow in Stornoway this week.”