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Aileen Campbell MSP has welcomed recent figures show that patients are almost 50 per cent more likely to survive bowel cancer compared to 30 years ago.

The statistics have been released by ISD Scotland, the Scottish National Health Service’s data collection organisation, to coincide with the launch of the Scottish Government’s new awareness campaign (on Monday 18 February).

Currently, men and women aged 50-74 are invited to participate in screening every two years. From April 2013, the Scottish NHS’s bowel screening programme will be extended, and those over the age of 74 will be able to self-refer every two years.

The campaign comes on the back of the Scottish Government’s widely successful breast cancer campaign, featuring Elaine C Smith, which has received over 130,000 views on youtube - the most for any Scottish Government video.

Aileen said:

"I am very encouraged by these figures. They show that the five year survival rate for bowel cancer increased from 38 per cent between 1983 to 1987, to 55 per cent between 2003 and 2007.

"People today are far more likely to survive bowel cancer than they were 30 years ago.

"I obviously welcome that news, as do many of my constituents who have undergone treatment for this form of cancer over the years. However, there are still too many people being diagnosed with bowel cancer in the later stages.

"This form of cancer is very treatable especially if diagnosed at an early stage. That is why it is important that if anybody receives the screening kit they use it and send it back".

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