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.
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.Find out more
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.Find out more
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.