Gloucestershire County Council to tackle lung cancer
LUNG cancer is top of the agenda for Gloucestershire County Council as they urge residents to have a check-up if they show symptoms.
From 2009 to 2010, one person a day was diagnosed in the county and 218,100 die every year in the UK.
The council and Gloucestershire NHS Foundation Trust are offering advice on how to spot the signs early, with the main focus of the campaign being an information bus touring the county.
On board will be health professionals who will listen in confidence about concerns, discuss symptoms as well as talk about what happens when you visit your GP and the support that is available.
Lung cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in the UK after breast cancer. It affects all ages, but is most common in over 50s.
It has one of the lowest survival rates because two thirds of patients are diagnosed at a late stage when treatment that could have cured them is not possible.
Dr Charles Buckley, clinical lead for cancer at NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said getting a diagnosis and starting treatment as early as possible can make a huge difference.
"So please visit your doctor straight away if you have been coughing for three weeks or more," he said.
"Most probably it will be nothing serious, but if it is a sign of the early stages of lung cancer, treatment is likely to be more successful."
For more information visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/lungcancer Symptoms of lung cancer can include: • Coughing for over three weeks • Coughing up blood • Breathlessness • Feeling more tired than usual for some time • Losing weight for no obvious reason • An ache or pain in the chest or shoulder that has lasted some time
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