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Bookmakers To Raise Awareness Of Lung Cancer

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Published at 9:41am 15th May 2012.

Landbrooks bookmakers in Weymouth will be carrying adverts to get punters to think about the signs of lung cancer.

NHS Dorset wants people who've had a cough since the Grand National on the 14th April - to get it checked out by a Doctor.

The health campaign is also being run on Wessex FM.

Lung cancer is England's biggest cancer killer, claiming over 28,000 lives a year. It has one of the lowest survival rates of any cancer because over two-thirds of patients are diagnosed at a late stage. More lives could be saved if people were diagnosed at an earlier stage.

In addition to the public campaign, information has been sent to GPs and other healthcare providers throughout the county to remind them what to look out for in patients.

Symptoms of Lung Cancer can include:


- a cough that has lasted for three weeks or more
- coughing up blood
- breathlessness
- repeated chest infections
- weight loss
- chest/shoulder pain

Sarah Austin from the Dorset Cancer Network said "In common with other diseases it is important to diagnose the symptoms of lung cancer early to get the most effective treatment and we hope that this campaign with help reach people who are at risk. The Grand National was around three weeks ago so we are asking anyone who had a cough on 14 April and still has it to go and talk to their GP. It may be nothing, but early diagnosis can save lives.

We are encouraging anyone who is concerned to go and see their GP, or if they know someone who they think could be at risk to find out more via the NHS Bournemouth and Poole and NHS Dorset websites".

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