Lung Cancer Is The Biggest Cancer Killer of Women In The UK
This November sees the 10th annual Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Once again this year The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation are raising awareness of the UK’s biggest cancer killer with the campaign, asking celebrities to lend their support to a worthy cause. They emphasise that lung cancer doesn’t discriminate – it can affect anyone -young and old, men and women, smokers and non-smokers, the physically fit and the ordinary person on the street.
Entertainer and television presenter Roy died in 1994 just two days after his 62nd birthday. His fund raising efforts had been tremendous before his death and after his death the charity, the Lung Cancer Fund, added his name to their organisation.
Lung cancer claims the lives of 35,000 people in the UK every year, so this year The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation want ordinary people to share their stories to promote awareness and ultimately help prevent further loss.
Paula Chadwick, chief executive of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, said:
“We know that public awareness of symptoms of other cancers, such as a lump in your breast or testicles, is quite high.
“But far too few people know that having a cough for three weeks or more can be a sign of lung cancer, despite the fact it is the biggest cancer killer.
“That is why this campaign is so, so important. The earlier people are diagnosed, the more chance they can receive treatment and the more lives that can be saved.
“So if you love your lungs and there is something not quite right then please get it checked out.”
The main lung cancer symptoms are:
- A cough that doesn’t go away after two or three weeks
- Worsening or change to long standing cough
- Repeated chest infections
- Coughing up blood
- Unexplained persistent breathlessness
- Unexplained persistent tiredness
- Unexplained weight loss
- Persistent chest and/or shoulder pain
Facts about lung cancer
- It kills more people than rectal, breast and prostate cancer put together.
- It is the biggest cancer killer of women.
- The 5 year survival rate for advanced lung cancer is as low as 6%.
- It mainly affects older people and is most commonly diagnosed in people aged 70 to 74.
- As it doesn’t usually cause noticeable symptoms until it’s spread through the lungs, the outlook for the condition isn’t as good as many other types of cancer.
Therefore it is essential that if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or have any health concerns, make an appointment to see your doctor, if only to allay your concerns.
Sir Alex Ferguson lost both his parents to the disease and has featured in a short film to raise awareness of the condition.
You can read the story and watch the film by following this link to the Daily Record.
The Manchester United legend has been the face of the Scottish Government’s Detect Cancer Early campaign. This aims to highlight the importance of getting checked out in a bid to catch the disease early and give the best chance of survival.
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