Lung cancer: know the signs

Poster urging people to see their doctor if they have been coughing for three weeks or longer as it could be a sign of lung cancer

Poster urging people to see their doctor if they have been coughing for three weeks or longer as it could be a sign of lung cancer

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If you or anybody you know is suffering with a persistent cough, Calderdale NHS urges you to contact your doctor.

November is lung cancer awareness month and clinical leaders from NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group are raising awareness.

Lung cancer is a major cause of death in Calderdale - around 130 lives are claimed each year.

Early diagnosis of the most common cause of cancer in men and women in the UK makes the disease more treatable.

Lives can be saved through early detection of symptoms such as a persistent cough; changes in a cough; repeated chest infections; coughing up blood; breathlessness; aches or chest pains.

Dr Nigel Taylor, respiratory lead, NHS Calderdale CCG, said: “In the UK, more people die from lung cancer than any other cancer and we know they have a better chance of survival the earlier the cancer is diagnosed.

“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 is simple: if you have a persistent cough for three weeks or more, visit your GP. This simple step could save your life.”

The best prevention is to stop smoking. For every year a person does not smoke their risk of getting serious illnesses will decrease. After ten years of not smoking, the chances of developing falls to half that of a smoker.

To get support in stopping smoking call Calderdale specialist NHS stop smoking service 01422 281505 or go online www.calderdalestopsmoking.co.uk to find out more.