Statistics show around 25 per cent fewer lung cancers are being diagnosed now, compared to pre-COVID-19, and the Detect Cancer Early campaign is urging those aged 40 and over not to put off contacting their GP practice if they have any possible cancer symptoms.
Lung cancer is the most common cancer in Scotland, with around 5,000 people diagnosed each year, however, more can be done to treat the disease if it's found at an early stage.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said:
"Diagnosing and treating cancer has been and will remain a key priority throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Early detection is key and we're encouraging people, especially those aged over 40, to contact their GP practice if they've tested negative for COVID-19, but have a persistent new or different cough that's lasted three weeks or more.
"I want to reassure people that whilst the NHS is working differently, and they may not be able to see their GP in person, their practice is there to help them access key tests and support them through the process.
"Please don't delay seeking help as the earlier lung cancer is found the better, and a lot can be done to treat it."