Detect Cancer Early event to be staged at leisure centre

A roadshow that aims to raise awareness of the benefits of detecting cancer in the earliest stages of the disease will visit Teviotdate Leisure Centre on Monday and Tuesday.

It comes as part of a £30million drive by the Scottish Government to improve cancer survival rates in Scotland.

The first phase of the national awareness campaign will focus on the three most common cancers in Scotland – breast, lung and bowel cancer.

The Detect Cancer Early tour will offer help and advice on how to spot the signs and symptoms of cancer. Staff will be available to provide passers-by with advice and information on cancer and screening programmes.

Dr Tim Patterson, consultant in public health for NHS Borders said: “Early detection is crucial to improving cancer survival rates and our GPs want to hear from anyone who has symptoms that they think could be cancer.

“We would also urge people to participate in screening programmes if they’re eligible.”

The roadshow will run from from 9am to 5pm on both days.