Currently, across the UK over 90,000 people are diagnosed with one of the less survivable cancers (pancreatic, liver, oesophageal, brain, stomach and lung) every year.

Despite accounting for over 40 per cent of common cancer deaths, the less survivable cancers still suffer from low awareness amongst the public and health professionals compared to other cancers.

Delays in diagnosis have a detrimental effect on survival of these rapidly-advancing diseases, which are currently difficult or impossible to treat at later stages.

Today (Thursday 11th January) is Less Survivable Cancers Awareness Day and Martin Whitfield MSP is joining campaigners and colleagues to help promote awareness of the less survivable cancers.

Commenting on his support for raising awareness of less survivable cancers, Martin Whitfield MSP said: 

“Today, I’m pleased to be supporting Less Survivable Cancers Awareness Day.

“Cancers of the brain, liver, lung, stomach, oesophagus and pancreas can be hard to spot – but early diagnosis is vital to helping give people the best chance of surviving their cancer.

“Learn more about these types of cancer and how to spot the early warning signs here

“Let’s all help raise awareness and close the #DeadlyCancerGap.”