‘Don’t ignore a persistent cough’, warns lung cancer campaign

Lung cancer campaign logoAlmost 24,000 people a year in England receive a lung cancer diagnosis when the disease is at a late stage  – only around 15% of cases are diagnosed at the earliest stage, when treatment is most likely to be successful.

The next phase of the NHS Be Clear on Cancer campaign launches today to drive awareness of the signs and symptoms of lung cancer and to encourage people with a persistent cough to see their GP early.

Lung cancer is currently England’s biggest cancer killer, causing around 28,000 deaths each year and with around 33,800 people diagnosed. Those diagnosed at the earliest stage are 5 times more likely to survive lung cancer for at least 5 years than those diagnosed at a late stage.

One of the reasons behind England’s low early diagnosis rate is the public’s lack of awareness about the disease and its symptoms. New data shows:

  • almost three-quarters (73%) of people are unaware that lung cancer is England’s biggest cancer killer
  • despite the fact that lung cancer is most common in people aged over 50, one in four people (26%) think that all age groups are equally at risk of lung cancer
  • 40% of people are unaware that a cough that has lasted 3 weeks or more is a potential symptom of lung cancer
    The Be Clear on Cancer campaign, which first ran in summer 2012, aims to make people aware of the symptoms of lung cancer and encourage them to visit their GP if they have had a cough for 3 weeks or more.

The Be Clear on Cancer campaign, which first ran in summer 2012, aims to make people aware of the symptoms of lung cancer and encourage them to visit their GP if they have had a cough for 3 weeks or more.

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