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People urged to 'be clear' on lung disease

People urged to 'be clear' on lung disease

Published at 8:39am 21st June 2017.

A new campaign is encouraging people to be clear on the signs of lung disease.

North Yorkshire County Council is backing public Health England's Be Clear on Cancer appeal which highlights that if you have a cough for three weeks or more, or if you get out of breath doing everyday things that you used to be able to do, it could be a sign of lung or heart disease, or even cancer.

Lung Cancer claimed the lives of 125 people across Harrogate and Craven in just one year, according to latest figures.

In 2014, 150 cases were registered across the two districts.

County Councillor Caroline Dickinson, Executive Member for Public Health, said: "Lung cancer and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary diseases (COPD) are the main causes of death from lung disease in England today."

"In 2013-15 there were 1315 new diagnoses of lung cancer in North Yorkshire, and there are many more people living with the disease who haven't yet asked their doctor for help and advice."

Clare Beard, Consultant in Public Health for North Yorkshire, said:

"Research shows that many people don't think that a persistent cough or breathlessness when they're doing day to day activities like mowing the lawn or vacuuming are serious symptoms.

"They often think they are the side effects of smoking, getting older or putting on weight, for example, and don't go to their doctor to get checked out.

"This means they can miss out being examined, tested, diagnosed and given the best possible treatment.

"It's important to remember that the earlier lung cancer and COPD are diagnosed, the more effective treatment can be.

"People who are diagnosed after an emergency admission to hospital have a much lower rate of survival - that national figure is 13%, compared to 43% for those who are diagnosed following a fast-track referral to a consultant by their GP."

For more information, go to www.nhs.uk/be-clear-on-cancer