The Thames Valley Cancer Alliance is asking the public to know the risks of lung cancer and the symptoms to spot through their latest awareness campaign.
As the coronavirus pandemic's impact on all aspects of our health is acknowledged, the Thames Valley Cancer Alliance is seeking to reassure the public that the NHS is not closed and that your GP is still here to help you. Speaking of the campaign, the alliance shared the importance of people not being prevented from seeking medical advice when they need it because of the pandemic.
The Thames Valley Cancer Alliance campaign hopes that the ‘#KnowYourCancerRisk’ campaign will help people to understand the signs and symptoms of cancer and to understand that lung cancer is not unique to smokers.
Although smoking will increase your risk; there are other factors that can mean you are more at risk from Lung Cancer, such as family history, growing up around smokers, and/or working in certain environments where asbestos may have been present.
As well as a persistent cough, other symptoms can also be,
- coughing up blood
- sudden weight loss that you cannot explain
- fatigue (extreme tiredness)
- a loss of appetite
To reassure the public and encourage them to get checked if they do have symptoms or concerns, Jennifer Graystone, Clinical Director at Thames Valley Cancer Alliance, explains the steps that will be taken if your GP has concerns about lung cancer.