Lindhurst speaks to vital need for improvements in Scottish cancer survival rates
The Scottish Parliament held a debate yesterday marking Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
Speaking in the debate, Gordon Lindhurst MSP recounted the experience of a close friend with the pernicious form of cancer, which has one of the lowest rates of survivability and limited means of treatment.
Gordon said, “Sadly 70% of people in the UK with pancreatic cancer will never receive any treatment, and only a tenth receive surgery. People who work in public health services should rightly be praised for their efforts on behalf of us all." He continued, "At the same time, we must not make the mistake of thinking we have somehow all arrived. Structures and methodologies that pervade cancer diagnoses and treatment should looked at carefully and scientifically to examine where improvements are possible and practicable.”
Gordon Lindhurst is the Scottish Conservative candidate for Edinburgh Pentlands in the 2021 Scottish Parliament elections.