Helping the over 50s be clear on cancer
Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group is supporting the national Be Clear on Cancer campaign and encouraging local people, particularly the over 50s, to recognise respiratory symptoms and get the appropriate help where needed. A persistent cough or inappropriate breathlessness during everyday activities could be symptoms of a variety of conditions including cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and, in the case of breathlessness, heart disease.
Diagnosing these conditions at an early stage makes them more amenable to treatment. Those who have a persistent cough lasting more than three weeks, or are experiencing breathlessness when completing everyday tasks, are encouraged to make an appointment with their GP, as they may be exhibiting the early signs of lung disease, including cancer.
Across England, around 37,600 people are diagnosed with lung cancer each year and in Wiltshire during 2015, there were 282 people diagnosed with the condition.
Signs to watch out for:
- A cough that has got worse or changes
- Frequent chest infections
- Coughing up blood
- Chest or shoulder pain
- Getting out of breath doing everyday activities such as light housework
- Feeling more tired than usual for some time
- Losing weight for no obvious reason, or loss of appetite
Learn more about the Be Clear on Cancer campaign.