NHS Scotland

Types of cancer

Find out more about different types of cancer by clicking below.

  • Lung cancer

    Lung cancer is the most common cancer in Scotland but the good news is, more people than ever in Scotland are surviving the disease.

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  • Breast cancer

    Breast cancer remains the most common cancer in Scottish women but you’re five times more likely to survive it if it’s caught in its earliest stage.​

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  • Bowel cancer

    Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Scotland. But when it's found early, it can often be cured. In fact, 9 out of 10 people beat it. ​

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  • Cervical cancer

    Six women in Scotland are diagnosed with cervical cancer every week so having your smear test could save your life – it can stop cancer before it starts.

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  • Skin cancer

    In 2012, 1,177 cases of malignant melanoma were reported in Scotland, with cases up 43% in men and 30% in women in the last ten years.

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  • Prostate cancer

    Prostate cancer may be the most common cancer amongst men in Scotland but while the number of people diagnosed has increased, so have survival rates.

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  • Head and neck cancers

    Head and neck cancers are the fifth most common cancer in Scotland yet the five year survival rate is over 50%.

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  • Other cancers

    Alternatively, if you're not sure what you’re looking for, or the cancer you want to know more about isn't listed above, visit NHS Inform.

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Don't Get Scared, get Checked.

Remember, the earlier cancer is found, the easier it is to treat.