Liverpool Community Health (LCH) NHS Trust’s Public Health team are working in partnership with the local Cancer Network and Liverpool City Council to encourage people to be aware of the signs and symptoms of lung cancer this July as part of the Be Clear on Cancer campaign.
Be Clear on Cancer is a national Department of Health campaign which aims to raise public awareness of symptoms of cancer and encourage people with symptoms to see their GP earlier.
To help raise awareness of how to spot the symptoms early amongst local people, staff from LCH’s Public Health Team will be delivering a range of awareness events, providing free information and advice on cancer across a range of different community venues.
The Healthy Communities Team are working with iVan – cancer information van and local community organisations and there will be local and national events held.
The events will take place at a range of locations and times, including:
• Thursday 4 July, 10-4pm– Asda, Smithdown Road
• Friday 5 July 2 – Action Mesothelioma Day 2013 – Liverpool Town Hall/Exchange Flags
• Wednesday 17 July – Arriva Speke – Staff Awareness
• Thursday 25 July – Cancer Research UK Road Show – St John’s Precinct
• Saturday 3 August – 11am – 6pm, Liverpool Pride – Pier Head
• Friday 16 August 11am-4pm– Belle Vale Party in the Park – Belle Vale Park
Tina Davies-Taylor, Service Lead in LCH’s Public Health Team and lead for the Healthy Communities Cancer Collaborative explains:”It’s really important that people know how to spot the early signs and symptoms of cancer, as this gives them the best possible chance of beating it.
Historically, Liverpool has had one of the highest lung cancer mortality rates in Europe, and our bowel and breast cancer rates were also much higher than the national average. The good news is that survival rates are improving, with increased awareness leading to more early diagnosis and treatment, but we all need to keep spreading the word.”
So if you or a family member has had these symptoms then they could be possible signs of lung cancer:
• A cough that doesn’t go away for three weeks
• Coughing blood
• Unexplained persistent breathlessness
• Persistent pain in your chest and/or shoulder
If you do have any concerns about your health or spot any unusual changes in your body, you should see a GP as soon as possible to get it checked out. Early diagnosis could improve your chance of being successfully treated.
For more information go to www.nhs.uk/lungcancer