Campaign to highlight signs of lung cancer

PEOPLE are being reminded to be aware of the early signs of lung cancer as public health chiefs in East Sussex back a national campaign.

East Sussex County Council is supporting the Be Clear on Cancer campaign, which runs across England until the end of April with advertisements on television, radio and in the press.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of possible signs and symptoms of lung cancer and to encourage those with these symptoms to visit their doctor.

Cynthia Lyons, East Sussex acting director of public health, said: “People often expect the early symptoms of lung cancer to be painful and obvious, discounting signs which could lead to an early diagnosis. If detected early enough, this is a disease which can be treated. While symptoms could have a number of causes, it’s better to be safe than sorry and if someone does have lung cancer, the earlier it’s diagnosed, the greater their chance of being successfully treated.”

Symptoms of lung cancer could include a cough that has got worse or changes, repeated chest infections, coughing up blood or an ache or pain in the chest or shoulder that has lasted for some time.