Taking action on smoking and health
In advance of the Parliamentary debate on “Pancreatic Cancer Awareness” on Wednesday 21 November 2018, ASH Scotland has written to MSPs to provide a few background figures to help inform discussion.
ASH Scotland applauds the efforts of cancer charities, medics and researchers over the care provided to pancreatic cancer patients and research into improved diagnosis and treatments. The role of public health campaigns such as ASH Scotland is to contribute a complementary approach, that helps in preventing cases and reducing the prevalence of the disease.
Cancer Research UK report that 31% of pancreatic cancer cases are preventable (with 22% of cases caused by smoking). Pancreatic cancer risk amongst people who smoke is more than double the risk for people who have never smoked, a risk that decreases over time after stopping smoking, so that 20 years after quitting the risk is similar to someone who has never smoked. More information from CRUK can be found here.
Delivering on Scotland’s target to reduce smoking rates to 5% or less of the adult population by 2034 would substantially reduce cases of pancreatic cancer.
For more information please contact ASH Scotland on 0131 225 4725 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Motion S5M-13860 Clare Adamson, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: 11 November 2018
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness
That the Parliament notes that November marks Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, and that 15 November 2018 is World Pancreatic Cancer Day; congratulates all of the pancreatic cancer charities and their supporters on working tirelessly to raise awareness of the condition; understands that it is one of the least survivable cancers and the fifth most common cause of cancer death in Scotland; notes that, while there are currently no screenings or early detection tests, some are in development; recognises that early detection is vital to improving a person's chance of survival by ensuring early access to treatment; appreciates that this need for early diagnosis makes awareness and knowledge of the condition all the more important, and welcomes all efforts in this cause.
Supported by: Sandra White, Richard Lyle, Joan McAlpine, Stuart McMillan, Edward Mountain, David Torrance, Liam McArthur, Rona Mackay, Gordon Lindhurst, Alexander Stewart, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Stewart Stevenson, Jenny Gilruth, Keith Brown, Angela Constance, Tom Arthur, John Mason, Fulton MacGregor, Colin Smyth, Neil Findlay, Miles Briggs, Jackson Carlaw, Annie Wells, Monica Lennon
Due in Chamber on 21/11/2018
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