Welsh Assembly Exhibition

March 2013 Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd , Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and Pete Jones PJProductions

Portraits of Welsh Assembly Members are appearing in a one off unique parliamentary photographic exhibition to raise awareness of lung cancer, the most common cancer worldwide.

In Wales alone, over 2000 people were diagnosed with the disease in the year 2010.(ii)

The exhibition is a joint project between the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation charity and the pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd.

It shows photographs of AMs holding lung x-ray images, which are accompanied by statements explaining the reason for their involvement in the project. The photographs are on display in a week-long, pop-up exhibition at the National Assembly for Walesfrom February 5th-8th 2013 which members of the public are welcome to attend.

“This exhibition will help to raise awareness among AMs 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.”

John Dixon, the Managing Director of Boehringer Ingelheim UK and Ireland commented: “Boehringer Ingelheim is proud to have worked in partnership with Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. We have had a fantastic response from assembly members 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.”

Paula Chadwick, chief executive of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

The common signs and symptoms of lung cancer are listed below(iii). There may be several reasons for why one might be experiencing these symptoms, and it may be nothing serious. However, if you have any of the following symptoms for more than three weeks, make an appointment with your GP to get it checked out.

  • A cough that doesn’t go away
  • A worsening of a long standing cough
  • Unexplained breathlessness
  • Chest infections
  • Coughing up blood
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Chest and/or shoulder pains
  • Unexplained tiredness or lack of energy
  • Hoarse voice

(i) http://www.roycastle.org/lung-cancer/Lung-Cancer-Facts-and-Figures accessed 6/2/2013

(ii) http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sites3/docopen.cfm?orgid=242&id=185322&3F536317-BC08-06C7-92A375353391AF96 accessed 15/01/2013

(iii) www.roycastle.org/symptoms accessed 18/01/2013

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