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A cancer survival gap is growing between people living in the most


and least deprived parts of Scotland, depending on the type


That's the warning from Macmillan Cancer Support,


which says there needs to be better awareness of screening in poorer


Here's our health correspondent, Lisa Summers.


In Govan this cafe for the local community also doubles up as a


Many people who come here do not have cancer,


but for those who do it provides support.


Mandy and Pauline are both local and living with terminal cancer.


If you are feeling lost about what help is available,


there are people who are here who deal with it every day.


At 45 I didn't know what help there was.


That is where it became very important to me.


I knew there was somebody there I could phone if I needed to.


Local informal services like this one seem to be


making a difference, but across the country the analysis


Macmillan looked at cancer survival rates over a five-year period


and found quite startling variations for those living in poor communities


compared to those living in our more affluent communities.


With prostate cancer you are 98% more likely to die if you live


in an area of deprivation and with breast cancer


I think they are shocking and I am hoping the shock of it


will help galvanise us to do something proactive.


These days lung cancer does not have to be a death sentence.


Adverts like this one are part of a targeted campaign.


They have been successful, but the government's national


clinical director says he is not surprised by the data.


Late presentation is simply a matter of life and death.


The earlier that diagnosis happens, the more chance of treatment,


and now with modern techniques, often cure.


GPs say there can be complex reasons that discourage people from poor


Financial resources, ability to make a GP appointment,


communication issues, like not having English as a first


as a first language, education about what needs to be


seen as important and perhaps even the likelihood of pushing your GP


for that appointment if you are told there are none left.


77% of its users come from deprived areas,


but the fundamental question is still not answered.


Geologists say there could be reserves of oil and gas in areas


around Scotland's coast which have previously been dismissed.


A team has been studying rock formations around Rockall,


a tiny outcrop 300 miles off the Western Isles.


Our energy correspondent, Kevin Keane, has this exclusive report.


It has been an attractive destination for only the hardiest


of adventurers and three years ago Nick Hancock broke the record for


But now the focus is not so much on the rock above the water line,


We hope oil and gas has been trapped in that bump.


Geologist Nick Schofield has been studying data from below the sea bed


Previous attempts to strike oil here have almost all failed,


but now he has concluded they were looking in the wrong place.


That is why you looked at areas like the North Sea where you get one


discovery of every four or five wells that you drill.


That led to the preconception of it not having anything there,


but we think the wells were not drilled in the right place.


His team has also been studying rock formations on Skye which are similar


With all the data they now conclude that volcanic activity may have


pushed oil reserves away from the rock itself, further away


We are optimistic, but we are always very cautious


and it is a very frontier area and it is a challenging place


to work and it is potentially in the future going to be quite


exciting but I would not get too enthusiastic just yet.


The oil and gas industry has long been looking for new fields.


The Clare Field and others have seen production expanded


into the harsh waters of the North Atlantic, so there


I am confident there are companies looking at the information


and there will not be a Klondike rush, this is a very


expensive area to play in, but with the right companies,


we will be looking hard at the outcomes.


This is the first significant discovery


With 18 months to go the geologists say there could be


Floral tributes and messages of sympathy have followed the death


of a two-year-old boy, whose body was recovered


from the River Ericht at Bridge of Cally near


The child was reported missing yesterday morning from a property


He was found just over an hour later by a fire and rescue crew


One of the leading charities representing survivors of child sex


abuse has been told it hasn't been granted official representation


at the inquiry set up by the Scottish government.


Wellbeing Scotland says it's concerned more than a thousand


victims which it has helped will now be deterred


Earlier I spoke to our social affairs correspondent,


Co-participant status allows an organisation


and its members to receive financial and legal assistance


and to cross-examine witnesses in the inquiry.


The charity says it is the largest organisation in Scotland dealing


with historical allegations of child sex abuse and has


It says it was concerned new guidelines which meant any


perpetrator named in the inquiry would then be told that had


happened, they feel that could deter many survivors from coming forward


and therefore it was imperative that it as a charity should be able


It pointed out that one Catholic organisation has got core


Wellbeing Scotland says it has been left wondering whether the size


of the organisation meant that it would cost a lot more and perhaps


elongate the inquiry, which is due to report in late 2019.


The inquiry itself said that Wellbeing Scotland had not met


the stringent criteria for organisations to play


a significant role, but that was being reviewed.


Police have been searching the roadside near an Aberdeenshire


village as part of an ongoing investigation into the murder of


The 67-year-old was found beaten to death with a heavy


weapon in his home in Rothienorman on the 12th of March last year.


Police say the search is not in response to new information.


A 25-year-old man has appeared in court accused of causing


Dean Yeats from Forfar is alleged to have started the blaze at a water


He made no plea or declaration and was released on bail.


Exports of single-malt Scotch whisky topped a billion pounds


The United States remained the biggest market by value,


while France was the biggest by volume.


And there was a significant increase in the amount bought by India.


A footballer says he's fighting to save his career, after admitting


betting on his own team to lose games in which he played.


Dean Brett is currently suspended by Cowdenbeath and is to be charged


by the Scottish Football Association for placing thousands of bets.


The player, who's come through recent personal tragedies,


Dean Brett at home with his dog Maisie.


It has been a rough couple of years in the Brett household with


the death firstly of a baby daughter and just a few months later Dean's


It has just been tough moments and when you see


something that reminds you of it, it is really tough.


Anniversaries, birthdays, events that happen in


other people's lives that can relate to you.


You get upset about that and it is tough.


Even before those tragedies Brett had made no secret


of betting on football despite knowing it was against SFA rules.


His social-media posts eventually came to the authorities' attention.


He will answer charges that he placed 2000 bets


Cowdenbeath say most concerning for them are the figures


of 65 of their matches - Dean Brett played in


Since I went home on Thursday I was just thinking what


I have had the opportunity before, but I have


Now that I have let them down, for them


What I have done is not acceptable, and if that is the way


Of the other players who have fallen foul of the SFA rules on


gambling, only Ian Black had bet against his own team.


He served a three-match ban and was fined ?7,500.


None bet on as many games as Brett, who faces a


None have faced the personal drama Brett has -


not an excuse, but a poignant twist to a tale of human frailty.


Rugby, and Edinburgh have appointed former Leicester Tigers director


of rugby Richard Cockerill as head coach from next season.


Cockerill, who was sacked by Leicester last month,


is working as a consultant with French side Toulon.


The former England hooker has signed a two-year deal with Scottish Rugby.


Well, let's get the weather forecast, and it's over to Kawser.


Good evening. It has been quite an breezy evening and quite cold out


there but earlier it was exceptionally mild, temperatures


reaching 15 Celsius in some areas. We have had pictures sent in of


flowers blooming. Tomorrow it will be largely dry and bright but then


we see some rain and stronger winds, indication us that winter is not


done just yet. Tomorrow the showers will continue across the north-west,


wintry over the hills. Clearer skies in more central and eastern areas


and temperatures colder tonight than last night, dipping to four to six


areas in cities and closer to freezing in rural areas. Eastern


areas tomorrow will see the best of the brightness but at eight o'clock


in the north we will see thicker cloud and outbreaks of rain. Central


and eastern areas will continue to see drier and brighter weather.


Driest for longest across the East, thicker cloud pushing in across the


south-west. The best of any sunshine along the east coast, but thicker


cloud along Northern Ireland and Wales and the south-west of England.


The rain will continue to push across western parts of Scotland


throughout the day tomorrow. Temperatures of ten or 11 Celsius.


Tomorrow evening the rain will progress further eastwards and the


winds will strengthen, perhaps touching gale force to severe gale


force across the far north, the Northern Isles and the north-east


coast. There will be a scattering of wintry showers by the end of the


night. By Wednesday blustery showers, wintry over the hills, even


down to low levels at times, sunny spells in between and much cooler,


seven or eight Celsius. We are keeping an eye on this area of low


pressure heading towards us by Thursday morning and there is the


potential of snow for northern parts of England and southern parts of


Our next update is during Breakfast at 6.25 tomorrow morning.


But from everyone on the late team here in Glasgow and around


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