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Right Arrow Early diagnosis can help save lives – November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month - PR/37/0405
28 October 2004 at 13:51
“Get yourself checked out early for lung cancer” is the message from lung cancer nurses during November’s lung cancer awareness campaign.

Local lung cancer nurses will be raising awareness of lung cancer and its symptoms as part of a campaign from The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and Macmillan Cancer Relief in November. Lung cancer nurses support people and their families when they are first diagnosed with lung cancer, helping them to make decisions about their treatment, giving them practical and emotional support.

Two of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s lung specialist nurses will be holding awareness morning during November, where people can come along and get more information about lung cancer. Janet Thompson will be at the Concourse Shopping Centre in Skelmersdale on 8th November 2004. Sue Summerfield will be at Asda, Southport on 22nd November 2004. Information display boards will also be at both Southport & Formby and Ormskirk District General Hospitals during the month.

“Lung cancer is now the UK’s biggest cancer killer in both men and women with 94 people a day dying from the disease,” said Sue Summerfield. “We hope that by encouraging those most at risk of lung cancer to recognise the symptoms early and visit their GP, we can reduce the number of deaths from the disease. If lung cancer is diagnosed early, chances of survival are increased by 40 times, which is why early diagnosis is so important.”

While smoking is a major risk factor for lung cancer, 15 per cent of people who develop lung cancer have never smoked. This campaign is about raising awareness of lung cancer and helping to reduce the stigma surrounding the disease.

The main symptoms of lung cancer are: recurring chest infections even after taking antibiotics; a nagging cough for more than three weeks; out of breath more than ever before; lost voice but throat feels fine; unexplained shoulder, chest or back pain.

If any of these symptoms are experienced for more than three weeks, people are urged to visit their GP, particularly if they smoke or used to smoke.

For further information about lung cancer, the public can call the Roy Castle Helpline on 0800 358 7200 or the Macmillan Cancer Line on 0800 808 2020.

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

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714
E-mail: matthew.king@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk