A nationwide Government campaign to raise awareness that a cough for three weeks or more could be a sign of lung cancer takes to the road in Yorkshire and the Humber this week. The ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ coughing roadshow will tour shopping centres over the next three and a half weeks.
The roadshow will call at 9 locations in Yorkshire and Humber; they are:
· 23rd and 24th May – Leeds, St Johns Centre Shopping Centre
· 25th and 26th May – Barnsley, Alhambra Shopping Centre
· 28th and 29th May – Kingston Upon Hull, The Prospect Shopping Centre
· 30th and 31th May – Bridlington, Bridlington Shopping Centre
· 4th and 5th June – Wakefield, The Ridings Shopping Centre
· 6th and 7th June – Sheffield, Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre
· 8th and 9th June – Leeds, White Rose Shopping Centre
· 13th and 14th June – Grimsby, Freshney Place Shopping Centre
· 15th and 16th June – Hillsborough, Hillsborough Shopping Centre
Lung cancer affects 33,000 people each year with 4,1311 cases in Yorkshire and the Humber with the majority of cases occurring in people over the age of 55. In Yorkshire and the Humber there are around 3,370 deaths a year but more lives can be saved if lung cancer is spotted and diagnosed early.
When lung cancer is diagnosed at its earliest stage, as many as 80 per cent of people are alive five years after diagnosis compared with only seven per cent diagnosed at a late stage.
The national campaign received widespread support from prominent sporting, TV, political and media personalities, many of whom have been touched by the disease in some way. Several high profile individuals including Ricky Gervais, Alex Ferguson, Duncan Bannatyne, Lynda Bellingham and Linda Robson have lent their support by participating in a photography exhibition holding x-ray images of healthy lungs.
Linda Robson who sadly lost her father to lung cancer said:
“I used to tease my dad about his constant cough, never for one minute realising that it could be cancer. I know all too well how horrible lung cancer can be, having lost also my grandmother and uncle to the disease. I would advise anyone than has a persistent cough to never ignore it and to get themselves checked out at the doctors”.