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Right Arrow 7th Global Lung Cancer Awareness Month: 1 30 November 2008
30 October 2008 at 14:02
38,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer in the UK each year. Lung cancer is the UK’s biggest cancer killer – killing more Britons than leukaemia, breast, prostate and bladder cancer combined.

Global Lung Cancer Awareness Month is organised by a working group including leading cancer charities, health professionals including lung cancer nurses and pharmacists, plus other support groups. The month aims to raise awareness of lung cancer by

• Informing and educating the public – particularly those at risk – about the importance of early detection and diagnosis.
• Raising awareness among health professionals, particularly GPs and pharmacists about the possible diagnosis of lung cancer when considering symptoms.
The early signs and symptoms 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
These symptoms may not be serious, in which case, there is nothing to lose by getting them checked out. If they are serious, there is everything to gain - diagnosis at an early stage could save your life.
Non-smokers can get lung cancer too, but smoking is still the major cause. The good news is that quitting works. It’s never too late to give up, and the sooner you stop the better. Even if you have been smoking for most of your life, your chances of developing lung cancer will be much less if you give up now, whatever your age.
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.

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

Eye-catching posters and leaflets, produced by The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and Macmillan Cancer Support 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 Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation Helpline on 0800 358 7200 or the Macmillan Cancer Line on 0808 808 2020.

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

Kym Hill 0161 238 9419 /
Julie Cheston 0161 238 9417 /

Notes to Editors:

The Lung Cancer Awareness Month Working Group comprises The Lung Cancer Awareness Month Working Group includes the following members:

British Lung Foundation, British Thoracic Society, Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education, Macmillan Cancer Support, Men’s Health Forum, National Cancer Research Institute, National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses, National Pharmacy Association, The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, and the Ulster Cancer Foundation

Notes to Editors

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

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714