More people are surviving cancer than ever before and getting checked early plays a big part

Why earlier is better

Getting checked early is one of the main reasons why more people are surviving cancer. Our survivor stories show why it’s so important to know the signs and symptoms to look out for, and to see your GP practice if you’re concerned about any unusual or persistent changes to your body. It's probably nothing serious, but it's best to get checked. It's also important to take part in screening when invited - it can often find cancer before it can be seen or felt.

Survivor stories

Alison Daly was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in August 2015 after visiting her GP concerned about a lump she felt in her breast.

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.​

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.

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. ​

Cancer screening

In Scotland there are three national screening programmes to test for early signs of bowel, breast and cervical cancers.

Find out more about screening programmes

Common signs and symptoms

Do you know the common signs and symptoms to be aware of when it comes to cancer? Use our symptom checker to find out.

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Other types of cancer

Learn about the early signs and symptoms of some other common forms of cancer.

Find out more

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