Check out that cough - it could be cancer
May 17, 2012
NHS Berkshire is supporting a national lung cancer campaign encouraging people to take prolonged coughing seriously as it could be an early sign of the disease.
The Be Clear on Cancer campaign, running from now until Sunday, July 1, is raising awareness of the symptoms of lung cancer and urges anyone displaying them to visit their doctor.
NHS Berkshire wants people who have had a cough for three weeks or more to visit their GP.
The primary care trust claims there are 388 cases and 322 deaths in Berkshire every year as a result of the disease.
Janet Maxwell, public health director for NHS Berkshire West, said: “Cancer is not a death sentence as it’s commonly believed.
“If caught early, cancer is treatable and early diagnosis is extremely important with lung cancer.
“Therefore, if you have had a cough for the past three weeks or more, do visit your GP to get it checked out.”