It's Not Just Smokers Who Get Lung Cancer - Look out for the Signs; in Asscociation Merseyside Health With

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It's Not Just Smokers Who Get Lung Cancer - Look out for the Signs; in Asscociation Merseyside Health With


MERSEYSIDE health experts are making sure residents are aware of the early signs and symptoms of lung cancer, as part of NHS Merseyside's Year of Action on Cancer

With research showing that 37% of lung cancer cases across Merseyside and Cheshire are now being diagnosed at A&E*, it's becoming increasingly important to be aware of the signs and symptoms to look out for in order to make sure people are seeing their GP as early as possible and ultimately increasing survival rates.

Maria Guerin, Lung Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist at Aintree Hospital, is lending her voice to NHS Merseyside's Year of Action on Cancer to encourage early diagnosis of lung cancer across the region.

She commented: "Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in the UK, and while prevention is key, it is also important that residents are aware of the signs to look out for so we can make sure lung cancer is diagnosed as early as possible to increase survival rates."

Signs and symptoms It's a well-known fact that the earlier lung cancer is diagnosed, the higher the chance of survival, but many people will ignore signs of lung cancer for some time as they will not always affect the patient's day-to-day life.

Maria added: "There are a lot of reasons people may have the following symptoms, but it's always best to get yourself checked out, particularly if you've had them for three weeks or more."

Symptoms include: ? A cough that doesn't go away ? A long-standing cough that gets worse ? Unexplained breathlessness ? Chest infections ? Coughing blood ? Unexplained weight loss ? Chest and/or shoulder pains ? Unexplained tiredness or lack of energy ? Hoarse voice Added Maria: "GPs are fully equipped to look out for the signs and symptoms of lung cancer, so I'd advise anyone who's worried or has any of the above symptoms to make an appointment. The chances are it will be nothing serious, but it will put your mind at rest." Risks and prevention There is a common perception that smoking is the sole cause of lung cancer, but there are various other environmental and lifestyle factors to take into account as 10% of patients suffering from lung cancer have never smoked. …

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