Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK and the most common cause of cancer death in the UK. It is the most common cause of death from cancer for both men and women, claiming almost 35,000 lives a year. Early detection of lung cancer makes it more treatable, so encouraging people to recognise symptoms (such as a persistent cough, breathlessness and sudden weight loss) and to see their doctor sooner could save lives.
Lung Cancer Awareness Month is a campaign designed to encourage people to visit their GP if they are experiencing any of the symptoms of lung cancer. Early diagnosis is key to boosting survival rates, but not enough people are taking their symptoms seriously until it is too late. This awareness month is also the time to pay attention to the experiences of those with lung cancer and their families, and showing that they have support and encouragement from those involved in their care.
To find out more about Lung Cancer Awareness Month, visit Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation have also launched their #FollowMyLead campaign to coincide with lung cancer awareness month. This year they are focussing on cutting the clichés and finding a better way to talk about lung cancer. Follow my Lead Campaign – Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
Other information and resources can be accessed via the links below:
Also visit Public Health England’s Help Us Help You pages https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/120-help-us-help-you—lung-cancer-symptoms-/overview