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​Face your Fear this Lung Cancer Awareness Month

People in Lambeth are being encouraged to 'face their fear' by talking to their doctor about the potential symptoms of lung cancer so it can be diagnosed as early as possible.

Recent research shows cancer is the most feared illness among the public, but a new campaign aims to help curb people's anxiety over being diagnosed with the disease.

Launched as part of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the Face your Fear campaign has a roadshow which confronts the fear stopping many people from reporting potential lung cancer symptoms.  

Currently, half of people diagnosed with lung cancer in the UK have stage four disease, where it has spread to other parts of the body and is considered incurable.

Diagnosis at an earlier stage can make a huge difference in survival rates, and new treatments mean those with lung cancer can still live well and for longer. 

If you have experienced any of the symptoms below, you should visit your doctor:

  • Persistent cough

  • Change in a long-term cough

  • Ongoing chest infections

  • Coughing up blood

  • Chest or shoulder pain

  • Loss of appetite

  • Unexplained weight loss, fatigue or breathlessness

If you experience any of these symptoms, speak to your GP as soon as you can. It might not be anything serious, but if it is lung cancer, the earlier you start to take control of your condition the better as this will ensure you receive the treatment you need.

 

For more information, visit the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation website.