Help drive down lung cancer deaths

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A national roadshow aimed to teach people to recognise the signs and symptoms of lung cancer will roll into Arbroath next week.

The Scottish Government’s ‘Detect Lung Cancer Early’ roadshow will be at Morrisons store, Hume Street, on Wednesday, and has been promoting the benefits of the early detection of lung cancer throughout Scotland.

Treatment of lung cancer has improved over the years and today lung cancer is not the death sentence it once was.

NHS Tayside recorded 1,816 incidences of lung cancer between 2005 and 2009 and residents are being advised to consult their GP should they have nay concerns about coughs, their chest or breathing.

Dr Alan Cook, associate medical director for NHS Tayside said: “The medical staff and health professionals involved in the Detect Cancer Early programme in NHS Tayside all encourage local people to take the time to find out more about the signs and symptoms of lung cancer and visit their GP at the earliest opportunity with any worries.

“The roadshow provides people with the opportunity to ask any questions they have about the disease and have a better understanding of the benefits of early diagnosis.”

Staff will be on hand to offer advice and information to passing shoppers, highlighting the fact that the earlier lung cancer is found, the easier it is to treat and the more likely you are to survive.

For more information about lung cancer, the signs and symptoms, read an expert’s view and watch real stories of people who have survived the disease, visit www.getcheckedearly.org.

You can also support and share the campaign messages on Facebook ‘Detect Cancer Early’ or on Twitter using #getcheckedearly