Niggling cough could be a sign of cancer
May 25, 2012
A new campaign is warning people to spot the early signs of lung cancer.
In Berkshire there is an average of 388 cases of lung cancer and 322 deaths every year.
During the next two months, NHS Berkshire is hoping to raise awareness of the symptoms of lung cancer, such as persistent coughing, and encourage people who think they might have a problem to see their doctor.
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 checked out.
“Sadly some patients don’t act on worrying symptoms for months and do not visit their GP.
“You will either get reassurance that it isn’t lung cancer, or you will find out that it is and have a better chance of survival.”