Campaign urges action over persistent coughs

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Clinical leaders are urging people across Calderdale who have been coughing for more than three weeks to visit their GP.

In support of the national “Be Clear on Cancer” campaign, local clinicians from Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group are raising awareness of lung cancer symptoms. Lung cancer claims around 130 lives in Calderdale each year. Dr David Wild, the district’s clinical lead for cancer, said: “We are extremely keen to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of this disease and encourage our patients to seek help earlier. The message from the campaign is simple: if you have a persistent cough for three weeks or more, visit your GP. This simple step could save their life.” This year’s campaign is aimed at men and women over the age of 50, as they are at most risk.