Health chiefs urge people to check it out

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Lung cancer specialists at the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust are backing the “Check It Out” message behind this month’s national awareness campaign.

Dr Nick Brown, who has joined the team from The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester, said: “If lung cancer is detected in time then surgery or advanced radiotherapy might be possible, and that can sometimes cure the cancer completely. Often people don’t get checked out, as they think that if cancer is found then nothing can be done. Nowadays there’s much more that we can do to help, and the earlier the cancer is found, the better the results.”

He urged people in Calderdale to go to see their GP if they have any of the following symptoms for more than three weeks. Having a cough most of the time, a change in a cough you have had for a long time, being more short of breath than usual, coughing up phlegm (sputum) with signs of blood in it and an ache or pain when breathing or coughing.

A GP will usually refer a patient for a chest X-ray, and then refer to a specialist at the Trust if the X-ray looks abnormal. For many people with these symptoms they turn out to be nothing.