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Lung cancer awareness roadshow in Dudley

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People who live in Dudley are being encouraged to visit a health stand in the town centre on Thursday.

The NHS and Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation are touring the country to raise awareness of lung cancer symptoms and get people talking about the disease. The Let's Talk Lung Cancer roadshow will be in Churchill Centre in Dudley, from 10am on Thursday 27 October.

Those attending can speak to trained community engagement teams and patient advocates, who will encourage people to visit their GP to talk about suspected symptoms.

Councillor Ian Bevan, cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said:

Unfortunately, lung cancer referrals have been the slowest of all cancer types to recover since the start of the pandemic.
The ‘Help Us Help You’ campaign is aiming to increase early referrals, which can dramatically improve health outcomes in cancer care, and I would encourage people who live and work in Dudley to head to the stand and learn more.

In the five years from 2015 – 2019, which is the latest period for which these figures are available, there were 1,196 cases of lung cancer diagnosed in the borough, which is nearly five people a week. And in the three years from 2017 – 2019 there was a death from lung cancer in the borough every other day.

In 2019 only 41.3 per cent of people diagnosed with lung cancer in the Black Country survived longer than a year after their diagnosis*.

Diane Wake, the Black Country’s senior responsible officer for elective, diagnostics and cancer, said:

We are delighted to be one of the stops on the Let’s Talk Lung Cancer roadshow. Lung cancer is a real issue in the Black Country. We have one of the lowest survival rates from lung cancer in England, with many people diagnosed with late-stage disease when we can no longer treat with curative intent. Getting out into the heart of the community and having these vital conversations could make all the difference

Chief executive of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, Paula Chadwick, said:

Lung cancer is a disease that no one wants to talk about, but it is vital that we do because these conversations can save lives. We need to lose the stigma around lung cancer and be more open about this disease that affects so many of us.
Yes, lung cancer is currently the UK’s biggest cancer killer but being able to recognise its many different symptoms and taking immediate action can change this, helping people get diagnosed earlier when lung cancer is easier to treat.

The main symptoms of lung cancer include a cough that doesn’t go away after three weeks, chest infections that keep coming back, coughing up blood, an ache or pain when breathing or coughing, persistent breathlessness, persistent tiredness or lack of energy and/or loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss.

The NHS Long Term Plan aims to save thousands more lives each year by dramatically improving how we diagnose and treat cancer – the  ambition is that by 2028, an extra 55,000 people each year will survive for five years or more following their cancer diagnosis.

Notes to editor

*Local cancer data from Fingertips and NHS Cancer Data

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