Be Clear on Cancer
If you've had a cough for three weeks or more, tell your doctor - it could save your life

Be Clear on Cancer

We're proud to support Public Health England's Be Clear on Cancer Respiratory campaign, encouraging people who have had a cough for three weeks or more to go and see your doctor. It's what Shan Evans and Lesley Booth did and it saved their lives while Pat's story acts as a reminder of the other signs and symptoms of lung cancer.

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Shan's Story

Shan Evans from Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire know how vital it can be to have a persistent cough checked out. She had lung cancer and needed surgery.

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Lesley's Story

Lesley Booth, 68, was diagnosed with lung cancer five years ago. She had gone to see her doctor as she was having pains in her leg – symptoms she thought were due to arthritis.

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Pat's Story

Lung cancer patient, Pot Tollady had a lobectomy in April 2015. Just over twelve months on, she completed the Wirral Coastal Walk.

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Lung Cancer Signs and Symptoms

It’s very easy to dismiss such symptoms like a persistent cough or breathlessness as ‘something’ else – you’re tired, you’re just a bit rundown, you’ve been fighting off a cold for a while now. However, the fact is you need to tell a doctor straightaway if you have been coughing for three weeks or more or if you have any of these following symptoms:

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Coughing up blood / Blood in your spit
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A cough that changes or gets worse
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Persistent chest infections
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Chest and/or shoulder pain
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Finger clubbing
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A persistent cough
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Fever of 38C or above
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Loss of appetite
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Pain or discomfort under your ribs on your right side
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Breathlessness
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Difficulty swallowing or pain when swallowing
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Swelling in your face or neck
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Tiredness / fatigue
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Unexplained weight loss
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Unexplained weight loss

Catching it early is your best chance of beating it

Many people are reluctant to visit their doctor when they ‘only have a cough’. A persistent cough, though, could be a sign of lung disease, including lung cancer. Detecting lung cancer early makes it easier to treat and significantly increases your chances of survival so a trip to the GP is anything but a waste of time.

After the first national lung cancer campaign in 2012:



So if you, or someone you know, have had a cough for three weeks or more, or are experiencing any other lung cancer symptoms, visit your GP or encourage them to make an appointment.
We know it can be scary but catching it early really does give you the best chance -
just ask Shan, Lesley and Pat.




If you have, or have had, lung cancer and wish to share your story to help us raise awareness and save more lives, please contact Rachel Avery on 0333 323 7200 ex. 9191 or email rachel.avery@roycastle.org.