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Could there be further help to be gained from Angelina Jolie’s brave announcement about having undergone a double mastectomy?

Cancer treatments are not innoccuous – but for survivors there is much that can be done to try to improve the odds. There is much debate about costs of the latest drugs for bowel cancer – and Scotland has to address this having as a country one of the worst bowel cancer incidences in the world.

There is now evidence that eating processed meat such as sausages greatly increases the risk of bowel cancer, yet government grants are still given out to promote the meat industry, subsidise abattoirs and even help set up sausage- making enterprises. Is it not time to ask why?

Carol McManus

Newmills Road

Edinburgh