A lung health event is taking place in Coalville on Tuesday, June 20, to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of lung problems, particularly cancer, and to help get local patients the help they need as quickly as possible. It has been arranged by NHS Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, together with the East Midlands Cancer Alliance (EMCA), local GP practices and other health organisations. People are invited to come along to the event in Morrisons’ Car Park, Whitwick Road, Coalville, LE67 3JN, between 10am and 2pm.
Dr Ben Noble, a GP in Leicestershire and a GP clinical lead for EMCA said: “We’re keen to increase the diagnoses of lung problems in North West Leicestershire as there will be a number of people living with symptoms which could be improved by treatment. Lung cancer itself causes more deaths in the UK than any other cancer and the symptoms can often be difficult to spot. However, early diagnosis results in much better outcomes.”
La eveniment, oamenii vor putea:
- Aflați despre semnele și simptomele cancerului pulmonar și despre cum să îl preveniți.
- Intră în mega plămânul gonflabil pentru a afla mai multe despre bolile respiratorii.
- Obțineți un vaccin împotriva COVID, dacă sunteți eligibil.
- Obțineți sprijin pentru a renunța la fumat pentru a reduce riscul de a dezvolta cancer și alte boli respiratorii.
- Discutați cu un medic de familie despre orice probleme pulmonare pe care le aveți și rezervați un control al sănătății plămânilor.
- Dacă trăiți deja cu cancer sau susțineți pe cineva care este, veniți și aflați cum vă poate ajuta Macmillan.
The signs and symptoms of lung cancer that the NHS would like patients to look out for are:
- A cough for 3 weeks or more
- Tușind sânge
- Persistent chest pain
- Unexplained weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Recurring chest infections
- Unexplained tiredness
Dr Noble continues: “If you have symptoms, it is important to get checked out straight away. It’s probably nothing serious, but finding cancer early makes it more treatable.
Martin Rimes, age 62 and from Coalville, has been living with lung cancer for seven years and features in the promotional materials for the event: “I was first diagnosed after experiencing chest pain, but by that time it had spread from my lungs. I hadn’t been feeling right for quite some time before that. If I had gone to my GP practice sooner, it would have been much easier to treat. I feel very fortunate to have found a treatment that is working and my lung cancer is now stable. I would encourage anyone who isn’t feeling themselves to book an appointment at their GP practice. It might be nothing to worry about but, if it is cancer, you have a better chance of being able to do something about it if it is caught early.”
Vizita https://leicesterleicestershireandrutland.icb.nhs.uk/lung-health/ to find out more about the event and the signs and symptoms.