Cancer mortality rates in Scotland continue to fall as NHS Scotland treats more and faster

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From NHS Scotland today:

Over the last ten years, the overall risk of dying from cancer (the age-adjusted cancer mortality rate) has fallen by 10%, a decrease of 12% for males and 7% for females. The number of annual cancer deaths has increased over the same period. This is largely because the number of older people, who are at greater risk of developing cancer, has increased.

https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications/2019-10-29/2019-10-29-Cancer-Mortality-Summary.pdf

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One thought on “Cancer mortality rates in Scotland continue to fall as NHS Scotland treats more and faster

  1. Also a wee bit of further encouraging news on the Diet and Healthy Weight front from today’s stats carried on news.gov.scot site (the numbers are holding steady over a decent period following a long period of rising overweight and obesity numbers during the bad old britnat govt years). Link and snippets below:

    https://news.gov.scot/news/diet-and-healthy-weight-statistics-published

    Scotland’s Chief Statistician today released Diet and Healthy Weight statistics.

    This is a compendium publication bringing together data mostly already published by various other sources on obesity, diabetes, diet, healthy living awards and sales of soft drinks, confectionery, biscuits, cakes and pastries.

    Main findings

    Overweight and obesity

    In 2018, 65% of adults aged 16 and over were overweight, including 28% who were obese.

    Levels of overweight and obesity for adults aged 16-64 increased between 1995 and 2008, but have remained broadly stable since then. NOTE: ie increasing over the britnat coalition (putting Westminster first) years but stabilising over the period of the SNP Scottish Govt (putting Scotland and her people first).

    Note also: Between 2014 and 2018, the volume of sales of regular take-home soft drinks reduced by 11%.(An encouraging longer term trend).

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