SHOPPERS have been warned about the dangers of lung cancer and given advice on what symptoms to look out for.
Nurses involved in the government’s Be Clear on Cancer campaign brought a roadshow to the Beacon Centre in North Shields and Wallsend’s Forum Shopping Centre.
Over four days – two at each venue – they handed out leaflets and gave advice to shoppers.
Latest figures show that almost 200 cases a year of lung cancer are reported in North Tyneside and more than 170 prove fatal.
If lung cancer is diagnosed at its earliest stage, as many as 80 per cent of sufferers can live for another five years or longer, compared to only seven per cent of those diagnosed at a late stage.
Donna Anderson, a nurse at the roadshows, added: “We’re going to help raise awareness that a cough for three weeks or more could be a sign of lung cancer.
“Many lives could be saved in the north east, so it’s important for people to find out more about the symptoms of lung cancer and visit their GP if they’re worried.”