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Right Arrow Early diagnosis can help save lives – November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month - PR/27/0506
27 October 2005 at 14:28
“Get yourself checked out early for lung cancer” is the message from lung cancer nurses during November’s lung cancer awareness campaign. If you have a cough that won’t go away or you’re coughing up blood; or if you are much more tired than normal or feeling very out of breath get checked out straight away – it could be the early signs of lung cancer – and early diagnosis saves lives. 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 & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s lung specialist nurses will be holding awareness raising sessions in November, where people can come along and get more information about lung cancer. They will be at Boots the Chemist, Chapel Street, Southport on Thursday 10th November between 10.00 am and 1.00 pm. They will then be at The Concourse Shopping Centre, Skelmersdale on Thursday 17th November between 10.00 am 3.00 pm. Information display boards will also be at both Southport & Formby and Ormskirk District General Hospitals during the month. Lung cancer claims the lives of 92 people a day but more could be saved if only it was detected earlier. For 80 per cent of people with lung cancer their disease is inoperable because it has been diagnosed so late. If people were diagnosed at a much earlier stage, it would be possible for many more of them to have an operation that could potentially cure their cancer. “Lung cancer is now the UK’s biggest cancer killer in both men and women,” said Janet Thompson. “We want to hit home the message that early diagnosis saves lives and 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: chest infections that won’t go away, even with antibiotics a cough for more than three weeks coughing up blood feeling more tired than usual feeling very out of breath losing your voice but no sore throat chest pains losing weight, but not sure why 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, contact Janet Thompson, Lung Cancer Nurse on 01704 705161 or e-mail janet.thompson@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk. Or the public can call the Roy Castle Helpline on 0800 358 7200 or the Macmillan Cancer Line on 0800 808 2020. Notes to Editors You are welcome to send a photographer to either Boots the Chemist, Chapel Street, Southport on Thursday 10th November between 10.00 am and 1.00 pm; or to The Concourse Shopping Centre, Skelmersdale on Thursday 17th November between 10.00 am 3.00 pm. If you wish to do so, please notify Matthew King by return e-mail or by phone on 01704 704714 Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714 E-mail: matthew.king@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk