The Help Us Help You campaign targets people who are most at risk, including people over 60 and people from working-class backgrounds, who are often more reluctant to visit their GP (alami/PA) There are.
The NHS has launched a lung cancer awareness campaign to encourage people with symptoms to have an earlier GP checkup to catch the disease early.
The Help You Help You campaign, launched on World Lung Cancer Day, targets those most at risk, including people over 60 and people from working-class backgrounds, who often visit their GP are more reluctant.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in England, with 26,410 patients dying last year, making it the fifth leading cause of death in England.
Professor Peter Johnson, the national clinical director of cancer, said: “For lung cancer, we have not seen referrals bounce back at the same rate as for other cancers.
“It is important that people be alert to suspected symptoms of lung cancer, so if you have a persistent cough or shortness of breath, do not ignore it or assume it is something else, please visit your GP And get it tested – it probably won’t be cancer but catching it early could help save lives.”
I am very grateful to the GP who realized that my cough could be more than an infection and referred me for an initial X-ray. without a doubt, it saved my life
Tracy Bourne, lung cancer patient
Symptoms may include coughing, coughing up blood, or persistent breathlessness for more than three weeks.
Health Secretary Steve Barkley said: “We know that the sooner you catch cancer, the better your chances of survival, and the Help You Help U initiative is empowering people to come forward for screening. – Particularly for lung cancer, which is the leading cause of cancer death in England.
“I want to thank all those who are involved in this lifesaving campaign, which aims to increase the number of cancer patients diagnosed in the first stage from half to three-quarters by 2028.
“If you have any of the major symptoms prescribed by the NHS, I urge you to get checked by your GP without delay – early diagnosis is extremely important to beat this disease.”
Tracy Bourne, 59, from Stoke-on-Trent, who recovered from lung cancer in 2019, said: “I am very grateful to the GP who realized my cough could be more than an infection and referred me for initial X . -Ray. No doubt it saved my life.”
NHS England’s national cancer director Callie Palmer said it was “essential” that people are aware of the symptoms and come forward as soon as possible.
She said: “The NHS is here to help and our services are open so people should not hesitate to come forward if they see symptoms of possible lung cancer.”