MP's Make an Exhibition of Themselves

A parliamentary photographic exhibition to raise awareness of lung cancer

group of MPs have appeared in a unique parliamentary photographic exhibition to raise awareness of lung cancer, the most common cancer worldwide.

The exhibition is a joint project between the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and pharmaceutical company Boehringher Ingelheim. The exhibition shows images of parliamentarians holding lung x-ray images, which are accompanied by statements explaining the reason for their involvement in the project.

The photographs were on display in a pop-up exhibition in the Jubilee Room, in the House of Commons on Wednesday 7th March.

Speaking ahead of the exhibition Paula Chadwick, interim chief executive of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, said: “Every 15 minutes somebody in the UK dies from lung cancer. Although we’ve recently seen some improvements in survival rates there is still so much to be done.This exhibition will help to raise awareness among parliamentarians of three key issues: supporting the introduction of a national lung cancer awareness publicity campaign; tackling regional variations in treatment and care; and backing plans to introduce plain packaging on cigarettes in order to prevent the next generation of lung cancer victims.”

“Boehringer Ingelheim is proud to have worked in partnership with Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. We have had a fantastic response from parliamentarians who wanted to participate and raise awareness of this devastating disease and issues around early diagnosis, signs and symptoms and access to treatments. The exhibition is a means of highlighting to politicians and the wider public how early detection and diagnosis is key in the treatment and management of this disease for patients, their families and carers.“

John Dixon, Boehringer Ingelheim UK and Ireland’s Managing Director

The main signs and symptoms of lung cancer are:

  • A cough that doesn’t go away after two or three weeks
  • Worsening or change to long standing cough
  • Repeated chest infections
  • Coughing up blood
  • Unexplained persistent breathlessness
  • Unexplained persistent tiredness
  • Unexplained persistent weight loss
  • Persistent chest and/or shoulder pain

If you have any of these symptoms for more than three weeks, make an appointment with your GP today. It may be nothing serious but it is worth getting checked out.

Click here to view the exhibition at the Welsh Assembly.

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