Be clear on lung cancer
People from across Great Yarmouth and Waveney are being urged to visit their GP early if they have any of the symptoms of lung cancer as part of a major national campaign.
The call comes from HealthEast, NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney’s Clinical Commissioning Group, following the launch of Public Health England’s “be clear on cancer” awareness campaign last week.
Running until 11 August, the campaign aims to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of lung cancer while encouraging people with symptoms to see their doctor so that it can be diagnosed early, giving treatment more chance of success.
A cough that lasts for three weeks or more is the most common symptom, while other symptoms include:
• a cough that has got worse or changes
• coughing up blood
• feeling more tired than usual for some time
• losing weight for no obvious reason
• an ache or pain in the chest or shoulder that has lasted some time
Around 34,000 people in England are diagnosed with lung cancer every year, with the majority of cases occurring in those over the age of 50. Lung cancer has one of the lowest survival rates because over two-thirds of patients are diagnosed at a late stage when treatment which could cure the cancer is not possible.
Dr Pippa Harrold, a retained GP with HealthEast, said: “It’s really important for people to be aware of the symptoms of lung cancer and contact their doctor if they have any of those symptoms. Seeing your GP as soon as you can means that if you do have cancer, it can be diagnosed earlier – which gives you a much better chance of survival.
“You’re not wasting anyone’s time by getting your symptoms checked out – it might be a sign of something else that needs treatment. And if your symptoms persist, go back to your doctor – they’ll want to help.”
For further information about the signs and symptoms of lung cancer, visit www.nhs.uk/lungcancer
published on 09/07/2013