The lungs are visiting the area to promote Lung Cancer Awareness Month, which takes place throughout November.
The aim of the event is to raise awareness of the common signs and symptoms of the UK’s biggest cancer killer and improve early diagnosis of the disease.
The event, which will take place on Friday 15th November 2013 at Freeman Street Market, Freeman Street, Grimsby from 10.30 am until 2.30 pm, has been organised by the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and Care Plus Group’s Cancer Collaborative Programme.
North East Lincolnshire Council’s health trainer team will also be present to offer people the chance to check the age of their lungs.
Around 34,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer in England every year, with the majority of cases occurring in those over the age of 50. Lung cancer has one of the lowest survival rates of any cancer because over two-thirds of patients are diagnosed at a late stage when treatment that could cure is not possible. More lives could be saved if people were diagnosed at an earlier stage. If survival rates for lung cancer in England matched the best in Europe, it is estimated that an extra 1,300 lives could be saved each year.
Julie Grimmer, Cancer Project Manager at Care Plus Group said:
“If you spot any signs of cancer, go to your doctor to get it checked out. You’re not wasting anyone’s time, and if it isn’t serious, your mind will be put at rest. But if it is cancer, early diagnosis can make all the difference. The sooner cancer is detected, the better the chances of successful treatment. In the vast majority of cases it won’t be serious.
A cough that lasts for three weeks or more is the most common symptom of lung cancer. Other symptoms include:
The I Love My Lungs campaign was developed in partnership with Eli Lilly and Company Limited.lungs
For more information about Care Plus Group’s Early Presentation of Cancer Symptoms Collaborative or to get involved contact Julie Grimmer on (01472) 232261
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