Face your Fear this Lung Cancer Awareness Month
People in Southwark are encouraged to 'face their fear' by talking to their doctor about the potential symptoms of lung cancer so it can be diagnosed as early as possible.
Recent research shows cancer is the most feared illness among the public, but the Face your Fear campaign aims to help curb people's anxiety over being diagnosed with the disease.
Currently, half of people diagnosed with lung cancer in the UK have stage four disease, where it has spread to other parts of the body and is considered incurable.
However, diagnosis at an earlier stage can make a huge difference in survival rates, and new treatments mean those with lung cancer can still live well and for longer.
Diagnosis of lung cancer at an earlier stage is associated with better survival outcomes – new treatments mean people are living well with lung cancer for longer and, if caught early, doctors treat with curative intent. It is crucial that people face their fear and go to their doctor with any concerns; ignoring the symptoms of lung cancer will not stop you having it.
If you have experienced any of the below symptoms you should visit your doctor:
- Persistent cough
- Change in a long-term cough
- Ongoing chest infections
- Coughing up blood
- Chest or shoulder pain
- Loss of appetite
- Unexplained weight loss, fatigue or breathlessness
If you experience any of these symptoms, speak to your GP as soon as you can. It might not be anything serious, but if it is lung cancer, the earlier you start to take control of your condition the better as this will ensure you receive the treatment you need.
The national Face your Fear campaign was created by the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and AstraZeneca. For more information, visit the foundation’s website.