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We are supporting Lung Cancer Awareness month!

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It's that time of year again when everyone is getting coughs and colds, but a persistent cough that lasts for more than 3 weeks can be a sign of something more serious.

Lung Cancer is the third most common type of cancer in the UK with more than 130 people being diagnosed with lung cancer every day, that's more than 40,000 people every year.

Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer and smoking from an early age can put people at a much higher risk. People who have never smoked can still get lung cancer, but the risk is much lower. Symptoms include:

  • A cough for 3 weeks or more
  • A change in a cough that you may have had for a long time
  • Coughing up blood
  • A chest infection that does not get better, or repeated chest infections
  • Feeling breathless or wheezy for no reason
  • Chest or shoulder pain that does not go away
  • A hoarse voice for 3 weeks or more

If you, or anyone you know, are experiencing symptoms please speak to your GP as soon as possible. The earlier cancer is detected the easier it is to treat!

Please follow the links below for more information:

If you are a smoker and wish to stop, please speak to your GP or self-refer here: Smoke Free County Durham - We're here to help you stop smoking. For good.

'I would like to thank all the staff for my treatment and their professionalism.'

Patient, Cardiology Department, Bishop Auckland Hospital