Health roadshow to raise awareness of lung cancer

The Beacon Centre, in North Shields.
The Beacon Centre, in North Shields.

A roadshow is visiting North Shields to raise awareness of the symptoms of lung cancer.

The Be Clear on Cancer roadshow will be at The Beacon Centre, North Shields, today (Monday) and Tuesday between 9am and 5pm.

It will raise awareness that a persistent cough, or getting out of breath doing everyday things, could be a sign of lung cancer or other lung disease. Breathlessness can also be a sign of heart disease.

The event will encourage anyone who notices these symptoms to visit their GP as finding these conditions early makes them more treatable.

The most recent data reveals that in North Tyneside, 204 people were diagnosed with lung cancer in 2014, 5,295 people were diagnosed or are living with COPD and 9,339 people with coronary heart disease.

Sue Gordon, PHE North East’s Deputy Director of healthcare public health, said: “The figures from the north east show that more needs to be done to raise awareness of the signs of lung cancer and respiratory disease and ultimately save more lives.

“It is only by increasing awareness of potential symptoms of respiratory cancer, and encouraging people to visit their doctor sooner rather than later, will we see the number of early diagnoses, and people surviving the disease, start to rise.

“We urge anyone who notices symptoms to visit their GP as finding these conditions early makes them more treatable.”

The nationwide Be Clear on Cancer campaign is running until October 16.

For further information about the signs and symptoms of lung cancer, other lung diseases and heart disease, search ‘Be Clear on Cancer’.