POSTCODE LOTTERY FOR BREAST CANCER SCREENING

Scottish Party Leaders

MSP Jackie Baillie on the campaign trail for Breast Cancer causes.

By Democrat reporter

Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, the Vale of Leven, Helensburgh and Lomond, has raised concerns over new Government figures which cover breast cancer screening attendance.

Statistics published this week by the IDS on attendance at the Scottish Breast Screening Programme have revealed a lower level of appointment uptake amongst women from the most deprived areas.

The figures highlighted that only six out of ten women from the most deprived areas attended breast screening, compared with almost eight in ten women who live in the least deprived areas.

The local health board, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, had the lowest uptake figures of all Scottish Health Boards for women coming from the three greatest deprivation categories and was below the Scottish average for uptake across all five deprivation categories.

Breast Cancer screening programmes have been temporarily paused due to covid-19. This has led to a 72% drop in the number of urgent cancer referrals.

Jackie Baillie MSP said: “These figures are deeply worrying yet largely unsurprising. It is already known that women from more deprived backgrounds are less likely to attend breast cancer screenings.

“My constituency has some of the most deprived areas in Scotland – as well as some of the wealthiest.”

She added: “Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board are under-performing in terms of screening uptake for all women is a concern, and it is even more worrying to see it having the lowest uptake numbers of any health board for the most deprived women in our communities.

“This cannot be allowed continue. It is literally a life or death situation.”

Ms Baillie, who has campaigned consistently over the years for Breast Cancer causes, added: “I have repeatedly called on the Scottish Government to ensure that more is done to encourage women to attend these vital screenings and that no one falls through the cracks.

“In Scotland, in 2020, it is utterly unacceptable  that cancer treatment, care and survival is still dictated by a postcode and wealth lottery. That it is down to where you live.

“I understand that screenings have been paused in order to allow for health professionals and resources to be focused on beating covid-19.

“But this doesn’t mean that women will not still be developing breast cancer.

“I hope to see the Scottish Government doubling its efforts post-covid to ensure that all those who missed screenings and referrals during this crisis are taken care of – regardless of where they live.”

 

One comment

  1. Most people would be much smarter and better informed if they had awareness of what this movement and the war on cancer do NOT raise awareness about.

    Knowing that the most prominent cancer charities (Komen, American Cancer Society, etc) are large self-serving businesses instead of “charities” or that these groups suppress critical information on cancer, such as the known causes of cancer (instead they talk about “risk factors” of cancer) or that many “breast cancer survivors” are victims of harm instead of receivers of benefit, or that they’ve been intentionally misleading the ignorant public with deceptive cancer survival statistics, or that government health bodies such as the NIH are merely a pawns for corporate medicine, etc is a good start to get to the real truth (read this well referenced scholarly article’s afterword on the war on cancer: do a search engine query for “A Mammogram Letter The British Medical Journal Censored” by Rolf Hefti, and scroll down to the afterword that addresses the ‘war on cancer’).

    The recognition that breast cancer awareness was started by these business interests is another piece of the real awareness about the pink ribbon cult and the traditional war on cancer. Or that the orthodox cancer business has been denouncing, suppressing and squashing a number of very effective and beneficial alternative cancer approaches (instead they sold you the lie that only their highly profitable/expensive, toxic conventional cancer treatments are relevant). You probably guessed why: effective, safe, inexpensive cancer therapies are cutting into the astronomical profits of the medical mafia’s lucrative treatments. That longstanding decadent activity is part of the fraud of the war on cancer.

    So, raising “awareness” about breast cancer or raising funds for the war on cancer have hardly any other function than to drive more unsuspecting people into getting more expensive and unnecessary tests (think mammography) and then, often, cancer treatments (chemo and radiation therapy).

    The reality is that the war on cancer has been and still is, by and large, a complete failure (read Dr. Guy Faguet’s ‘War on cancer,” Dr. Sam Epstein’s work, or Clifton Leaf’s book, or Siefried’s work on this bogus ‘war’).

    Since the war on cancer began orthodox medicine hasn’t progressed in their basic highly profitable therapies: it still uses primarily and almost exclusively highly toxic, deadly things like radiation, chemo, surgery, and drugs that have killed millions of people instead of the disease.

    As long as the official “war on cancer” is a HUGE BUSINESS based on expensive TREATMENTS (INTERVENTIONS) of a disease instead of its PREVENTION, logically, they will never find a cure for cancer. The upcoming moonshot-war on cancer inventions, too, will include industry-profitable gene therapies of cancer treatment that are right in line with the erroneous working model of mechanistic reductionism of allopathic medicine. The lucrative game of the medical business is to endlessly “look for” a cure but not “find” a cure. Practically all resources in the phony ‘war on cancer’ are poured into treating cancer but almost none in the prevention of the disease. It’s proof positive that big money and a total lack of ethics rule the official medical establishment. It’s just like with any bogus official “war” (‘war on drugs’, ‘war on terrorism’, etc) — it’s not about winning these wars but to primarily prolong them because behind any of these fraudulent “war” rackets of the criminal establishment is a Big Business, such as the massive cancer industry. The very profitable TREATMENT focus of conventional medicine, instead of a PREVENTION focus which these official medical quacks (or rather crooks) can hardly make any money off, is a major reason why today 1 of 2 men and 1 in 3 women can expect a cancer diagnosis at some point in their lifetimes” yet that rate was multiple times lower 5 decades ago when the phony ‘war on cancer’began (1 in about 16). That fact alone proves we are NOT winning the war on cancer.

    The history of the pink ribbon movement and the alleged war on cancer is fraught by corruption, propaganda, and the hoodwinking of the unsuspecting public. The entire war on cancer is a disinformation campaign. The real war is on the unsuspecting public. Does anyone really think it’s a coincidence that double Nobel laureate Linus Pauling called the ‘war on cancer’ a fraud? If you look closer you’ll come to the same conclusion. But…politics and self-serving interests of the conventional medical cartel, and their allied corporate media (the mainstream fake news media), keep the real truth far away from the public at large. Or people’s own denial or indifference of the real truth.

Leave a Reply