Lung Cancer Awareness Month is now in full swing across the UK. Throughout November, events will be running across the country raising awareness of lung cancer, so the NHS in Leeds, along with Leeds City Council are reminding people in Leeds: “Got a cough? Get a check”.
Many people don’t realise that a cough that lasts for three weeks or more can often be the sign of lung problems. So Leeds City Council and the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Leeds are working together to raise awareness of lung cancer and the other common symptoms of lung illness; shortness of breath and persistent chest pain.
These symptoms can be the warning signs of potentially serious lung problems, but the sooner these illnesses are picked up the better.
Dr Ian Cameron, Director of Public Health for Leeds, said:
“If you’ve had a cough for more than three weeks you really need to speak to your GP. They can refer you for a chest x-ray which can detect any illness that needs treating. So if this applies to you, or someone you know, don’t leave it too late.”
Lung cancer is one of the UK’s biggest killers but also has one of the lowest survival rates. In Leeds, around 500 people a year are diagnosed with the disease, which can be treated successfully if caught early. Unfortunately around 75 percent of those found to have the disease in our city are diagnosed in the latter stages of the illness, which means that it is generally incurable.
If you’ve had a cough for more than three weeks, it is really important you speak to your GP who will suggest a chest x-ray which can detect any illness that needs treating.
If you are over 50 you can go along to one of the following venues for a free chest x-ray, no appointment needed:
• Seacroft Hospital, York Road,Leeds,LS14 6UH (open Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm); or
• St George’s Centre, St George’s Road, Middleton, LS10 4UZ (Open 9am to 8.30pm seven days a week).
Under 50s should speak to their GP.
For more information, please visit www.leeds.gov.uk/lungcancer.