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During Lung Cancer Awareness Month (November), Wye Valley NHS Trust and Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation are encouraging people displaying the common symptoms of lung cancer, such as a persistent cough, breathlessness or unexplained weight-loss, to visit their GP.
Lung cancer is the most common cancer in the world. In the UK, around 44,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. It is the most common cause of cancer death in the UK for both men and women. Everyone is at risk of developing lung cancer. It is nearly as common in women as in men, in part due to smoking habits.
Kate Birchall, Hereford County Hospital Lung Cancer Nurse Specialist for Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: “It’s important that you reduce your risk of lung cancer by getting help to stop smoking, reducing your exposure to second hand smoke, eating a healthy diet and exercising, and reducing how much alcohol you drink.
“The earlier lung cancer is diagnosed the better the prognosis. The common symptoms of lung cancer are a persistent cough, breathlessness or unexplained weight-loss. These symptoms can all be caused by other illnesses too, but if they occur for three weeks or more don’t delay in visiting your GP.
“We provide a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient services and treatments for patients with lung, breathing and other related conditions, including lung cancer. This includes information provided by Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, who also provide support to people affected by lung cancer.
Paula Chadwick, Chief Executive of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, said: “The impact of Lung Cancer Awareness Month is growing year on year, which is great news for those of us working to raise the profile of lung cancer. Lung cancer is still the UK’s most common cancer killer and we are determined to improve awareness of the illness and its symptoms. Together with our supporters we hope we can eventually make lung cancer a thing of the past.
“There are 10 simple signs of symptoms of lung cancer that we are asking you to look out for.
- a cough that won’t go away
- a cough you always have that changes or gets worse
- becoming breathless and wheezy
- blood in your spit (not from bleeding gums)
- coughing up blood
- chest or shoulder pain
- weight loss that you can’t understand
- a chest infection that doesn’t get better
- a hoarse voice
- feeling extremely tired (fatigue) and lethargic
“We are committed to highlighting the threat of lung cancer all year round, but Lung Cancer Awareness Month is an opportunity to focus people’s minds and make them pay extra special attention to themselves and their loved ones”.
To find out more about Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation visit www.roycastle.org
Local support and advice is also available from the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service at Hereford County Hospital. To find out more visit www.wyevalley.nhs.uk
(visitors and patients, County Hospital departments, Macmillan Renton Unit) or call 01432 355444 extension 5459.
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John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Fiona Gurney, Communications Assistant 01432 355444 ext. 5105.