There is no denying lung cancer is a terrifying thing to be told you have and far too many people are still dying from the disease. As a result, many people believe lung cancer is an instant death sentence, a disease that cannot be treated or cured, and are therefore either too scared to go to the doctor, or don't go because they believe nothing can be done.
This is not the case...
We know the sooner lung cancer is caught, the better a person's chance of survival and so as part of our campaign for Lung Cancer Awareness Month (LCAM) 2018, we are challenging the misconceptions around lung cancer to improve awareness, attitudes and, ultimately, early detection and survival rates.
This November, we're helping people recognise the symptoms and Face Your Fear because, as Jane, Wendy and Paul know, lung cancer does not have to mean life stops.
"When it comes to lung cancer, we shouldn’t just think ‘in the box’. We should think out of it too."Find out more
"I was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer on the 12th February 2012. That's six and a half years ago and life is good."Find out more
Many people can relate to the story in our virtual reality experience. Emma certainly can.
She suspects her dad, Beven, had several symptoms including a cough, shoulder pain and fatigue, for longer than he would have admitted and for some time before going to his doctor.
Face Your Fear launched on 31st October at Westminster where we invited MPs and journalists to experience our Face Your Fear virtual reality to highlight the importance of early detection.Find out more
Throughout November 2018, the Face Your Fear campaign will be touring the UK, working within communities to change the misconceptions around lung cancer and improve awareness and attitudes.Find out more
If you are aware of any changes in your lung health, go to your doctor as soon as possible. Our free symptoms tracker can help highlight the severity and frequency of your symptoms.Find out more
Under the guidelines outlined NICE and SMC, a person should be referred for an urgent chest x-ray if they meet this criteria...Find out more
¹Global Lung Cancer Coalition. Great Britain: symptom awareness and attitudes to lung cancer: Findings from a global study. Available at: http://www.lungcancercoalition.org/uploads/docs/Great%20Britain%20-%20national%20data%20pack%20-%20FINAL.pdf. Accessed October 2018. | ²Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. Lung Cancer Signs and Symptoms. Available at: https://www.roycastle.org/how-we-help/lung-cancer-information/understand-the-disease/signs-and-symptoms. Last accessed: October 2018.