Be alert to symptoms of lung cancer

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South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is supporting the Be Clear on Cancer lung cancer campaign. The campaign, running across England until the end of April, will see adverts on TV, radio and in the press.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of possible symptoms of lung cancer, especially a cough that lasts for three weeks or more, and encourage those with these symptoms to see their doctor. Finding lung cancer early makes it more treatable.

The first national Be Clear on Cancer lung cancer campaign ran from May to July 2012, with encouraging results. Around 700 extra patients were diagnosed with lung cancer in these months when compared to the same period in the previous year.

Around 34,900 people are diagnosed with lung cancer in England every year, with the majority of cases occurring in those over the age of 50. Lung cancer has one of the lowest survival rates of any cancer because over two-thirds of patients are diagnosed at a late stage when treatment that could cure is not possible.

More lives could be saved if people were diagnosed at an earlier stage.

For further information about the signs and symptoms of lung cancer visit nhs.uk/lungcancer.