Health professionals at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust are raising awareness of Lung Cancer and the common signs and symptoms, to encourage people to get checked out early.
Throughout the month of July, members of the public are encouraged to actively recognise the common signs and symptoms that can often go ignored.
Alison Rushton from the Communities Against Cancer Team at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
"We know that there is a clear link between early diagnosis and better health outcomes but many people who are diagnosed with lung cancer have delayed getting their symptoms checked out by their GP. They may have stopped noticing a cough or prefer to mention their symptoms to family and friends first. We all have a role to play in encouraging anyone with symptoms to visit their GP early for a check-up, rather than ignore possible signs. It may not be cancer but if it is, it is better to find and treat it in the early stages.”
Lung cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK and whilst it can affect people of all ages, it is more likely to occur in those aged over 50 and in people who have been exposed to tobacco smoke. Not smoking or quitting smoking significantly reduces risk of developing lung cancer.
If you, or someone you know, would like free NHS advice and support to give up smoking, contact the Trust’s Quitsquad. You are up to 4 times more likely to quit smoking with their help. To speak to an Advisor, call Freephone 0800 328629.
If you or someone you know is worried about cancer you can call the Cancer Research UK helpline to speak to a cancer nurse confidentially to discuss their symptoms on 08088 004040.
Alternatively, you can check what the common signs and symptoms are by visiting the British Lung Foundation website www.blf.org.uk