Be Clear on Cancer Respiratory Symptoms Campaign

GPs at NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG are supporting the annual Be Clear on Cancer Respiratory Symptoms campaign.

Today, the campaign will be re-launched by Public Health England who will be working closely with Cancer Research UK.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the respiratory symptoms and encourage those with persistent coughs or inappropriate breathlessness to visit their GP.

Dr Jude Gunasegaram, Clinical Lead for Crawley CCG and a local GP said: “Everyone gets a cough now and then, but one that lingers for three weeks or more could be a sign of something more serious. Similarly, if you get out of breath doing things you used to be able to do, such as vacuuming or gardening, then these could be symptoms of a variety of conditions and a sign that you need to see your doctor.”

Your doctor may identify signs of health problems such as anaemia or anxiety, or something called Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a form of lung disease.

One of the aims of the campaign is to highlight how early detection makes lung cancer easier to treat.

· 83% of people diagnosed at earliest stage will live for a year after diagnosis. At the late stage, where most lung cancers are diagnosed, this drops to just 17%.

Early diagnosis can help manage the condition, improve the quality of life for those affected and ultimately save lives.

So if someone has respiratory symptoms as described, they should see their GP.