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Right Arrow Got a cough that won’t go away? Then get checked out say Macmillan lung nurses
05 November 2007 at 14:24
Macmillan lung nurses in Southport and Ormskirk during November’s Lung Cancer Awareness Month are urging people not to delay in getting checked out if they have a cough that won’t go away or unusual chest pains.

Sue Summerfield & Janet Thompson, Macmillan lung nurses based at Southport and Formby District General Hospital are holding information awareness displays at both Southport and Ormskirk District General Hospitals during November. They are among Macmillan Cancer Support’s 184 lung cancer nurses.

Macmillan is working with The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation for the sixth year running to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of lung cancer, and the importance of early diagnosis.

Every day 105 people are diagnosed with lung cancer and another 92 people die of the disease. Lung cancer has one of the lowest survival rates of any cancer. For 80 per cent of those diagnosed, their disease is inoperable because it has been noticed too late. If they got to the doctor earlier they could have been operated on and for many, their lives could have been saved.

Sue Summerfield, Macmillan lung nurse, said: “Lung cancer is the UK’s biggest cancer killer, but early diagnosis really does save lives. It’s vital that people take any symptoms seriously and get checked out without delay to ensure the very best chance of survival.”

Symptoms to look out for are:
• A cough that doesn’t go away after two to three weeks
• Worsening of a long-standing cough
• Persistent chest infections
• Coughing blood
• Unexplained persistent breathlessness
• Unexplained persistent tiredness or lack of energy
• Unexplained persistent weight loss
• Persistent chest and / or shoulder pain

People are encouraged to visit their GP if they have any of these symptoms, particularly if they smoke or used to smoke.

Eye-catching posters and leaflets, produced by Macmillan Cancer Support and The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation to highlighting the signs and symptoms of lung cancer and the importance of early diagnosis, are available UK-wide through Somerfield supermarkets, doctors’ surgeries, pharmacies, hospitals, smoking cessation services, and libraries – pick up a leaflet to find out more.

Alternatively, anyone wanting more information can call the Macmillan CancerLine on 0808 808 2020 or The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation Helpline on 0800 358 7200.

For further information, please contact:
Sue Summerfield 01704 704653
Janet Thompson 01704 705161

Notes to Editors:
Picture shows
(Left) Sue Summerfield and (right) Janet Thompson

About Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. One in three of us will get cancer. 1.2 million of us are living with it. If you are affected by cancer Macmillan can help.

About The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation works towards defeating lung cancer through research, campaigning and education. The charity provides emotional and practical support for all those affected by lung cancer and smoking; it enables children and young people to make informed decisions about smoking and the tobacco industry. The charity campaigns for more resources for research into the early detection of lung cancer and the support for lung cancer patients.

Macmillan Cancer Support and The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation are both members of the UK Lung Cancer Coalition (UKLCC), a coalition of leading lung cancer experts, healthcare companies and charities with an interest in the disease who have joined together to fight lung cancer.

Statistics courtesy of Cancer Research UK.

Notes to Editors

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714