Other statistics released on Tuesday found that people in poorer areas are 66% more likely to die from cancer than their rich counterparts.

While health secretary in 2012, Nicola Sturgeon pledged to increase the number of diagnoses of breast, colorectal and lung cancers in the first stage by 25% by the end of 2015.

The target was missed – after the figure rose by just 8% – but has fallen further in recent years.

Figures released by Public Health Scotland on Tuesday covering the whole of 2019 and 2020 show an increase of just 3.3% from the baseline – which was made up of figures from 2010 and 2011.

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