• Not all Coughs are Covid. Lung Cancer Awareness

        • NHS England and NHS Improvement with support from Public Health England, are relaunching the ‘Help Us, Help You’ lung cancer campaign to encourage people with a cough lasting three weeks or more and who don’t have COVID-19, to contact their GP practice.

          As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, some members of the public are reluctant to use NHS services, citing concerns about being exposed to the virus and not wanting to be a burden on the NHS.

          In addition, there is a lack of awareness that a cough for three weeks or more on its own can be a sign of lung cancer, and a need to remind the audience to act on a persistent cough and not wait to see if it resolves.

          While a cough for three weeks or more is probably nothing serious, it could be a sign of something that needs treatment. If it is
          cancer, finding it early makes it more treatable and can save lives.

          In addition to the symptom of a cough for three weeks or more, other symptoms of lung cancer include:

          • Chest infections that keep coming back
          • Coughing up blood
          • A long-standing cough that gets worse
          • An ache or pain when breathing or coughing
          • Persistent breathlessness
          • Persistent tiredness or lack of energy
          • Loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss

          Your NHS is here and wants to see you, Help Us Help You.

          If you would like help contacting your GP or getting a referral for cancer screening, please contact a dedicated health adviser in Seaview on 01424 460633.