No Smoking Day takes place on 10th March and there has never been a better time to quit smoking. Find out more at www.nhs.uk/better-health/quit-smoking/. Be Cancer SAFE Rotherham and Barnsley is using this as an opportunity to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of lung cancer.
Be Cancer SAFE is part of the Social Movement in Health initiative, commissioned by the Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group and based at Voluntary Action Rotherham. You can follow their social media accounts: Facebook, @BeCancerSafeRB, and Twitter, @BeCancerSafe_RB. Lung cancer is one of the most common and serious types of cancer.
Around 47,000 people are diagnosed with the condition every year in the UK. It mainly affects older people, it is rare in people younger than 40. More than four out of 10 people diagnosed with lung cancer in the UK are aged 75 and older.
Although people who have never smoked can develop lung cancer, smoking is the most common cause, in approximately 72% of cases.
There are usually no signs or symptoms in the early stages of lung cancer, but many people with the condition eventually develop symptoms. It is important to know the signs and symptoms and to contact your GP if you notice a change:
- Cough that doesn’t go away after two or three weeks
- Chest infections that keep coming back
- Coughing up blood
- Ache or pain when breathing or coughing
- Persistent breathlessness
- Persistent tiredness or lack of energy
- Loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss