Be clear on cancer - Look after
National Lung Cancer Campaign
8 May - 30 June, 2012
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation
Trust is supporting an important health message during May and June
- "don't ignore a cough you have had for some time".
You may have got used to your cough and
ignore it, but if you have had it for 3 weeks or more, you should
visit your GP, it could be a sign of lung cancer.
Lung cancer is the most common cancer in the
North of England and more people die of lung cancer here than of
any other cancer. There are around 2,900 new cases every year
and it kills about 2,400 people a year in our region.
In County Durham and Darlington there are 585
cases of lung cancer and 491 deaths every year.
Lung cancer affects people of all ages but
mostly in those over 50 years old and, although it is more common
in smokers, around one in eight people with lung cancer has never
The risk of lung cancer gets worse as you get
older, but finding it early makes it easier to treat. So
don't ignore the symptoms or put off a trip to the doctor. It can
make the world of difference and you won't be wasting anyone's
Some of the other symptoms of lung
If you have any of these symptoms, see your
doctor as soon as possible. And if you know anyone who has
symptoms, insist they see their doctor.
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community