NHS Borders 'leading the way' against bowel cancer

NHS Borders Credit: PA

NHS Borders is "leading the way" when it comes to screening people for bowel cancer, according to a local MSP.

The Scottish Borders saw the highest uptake of bowel screening in Scotland for invitations between 1 November 2013 and 31 October 2015.

NHS Borders saw 63.6% overall uptake, compared to Scotland’s overall percentage of 57.5%.

Rachael Hamilton South of Scotland MSP said:

Bowel cancer is obviously serious , the third most common in Scotland and taking 1,600 lives a year. The more we can do together to help tackle bowel cancer the better. Screening is crucial to that aim and I am proud that NHS Borders is at the forefront of screening in Scotland.

– Rachael Hamilton South of Scotland MSP