Can­cer deaths reach a low

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

Can­cer deaths in La­nark­shire for those un­der the age of 75 have hit their low­est level in the last 20 years ac­cord­ing to a new re­port.

The data, pub­lished by ISD Scot­land, re­vealed that 970 peo­ple un­der the age of 75 died from all can­cers in 2014.

That fig­ure is down from 994 the pre­vi­ous year and well be­low the high­est fig­ure in the past 20 years of 1159 back in 1995.

Dr Jen­nifer Darn­bor­ough, con­sul­tant in pub­lic health medicine for NHS La­nark­shire, said: “Al­though the num­ber of pa­tients be­ing di­ag­nosed with can­cer has in­creased, we are de­lighted that the mor­tal­ity rate has ac­tu­ally re­duced.

“More peo­ple than ever be­fore are sur­viv­ing can­cer.

“This is partly due to can­cers be­ing di­ag­nosed ear­lier than ever be­fore thanks to an in­crease in the num­ber of peo­ple par­tic­i­pat­ing in our can­cer screen­ing pro­grammes.

“Treat­ment for can­cer is more ef­fec­tive than ever.

In La­nark­shire, we have in­tro­duced a pro­gramme of on­go­ing im­prove­ment to trans­form can­cer ser­vices and af­ter care. This brings to­gether all key agen­cies to pro­vide the right treat­ment and sup­port to pa­tients, at the right time and in the right place.”

Big spenders South La­nark­shire Coun­cil shelled out £101,000 this year on re­pairs to King’s Park Av­enue, Ruther­glen

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