Lung cancer campaign relaunched to encourage people to contact their GP

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NHS England and NHS Improvement, with support from Public Health England, has relaunched the ‘Help Us, Help You’ lung cancer campaign to encourage people with a cough lasting three weeks or more and who don’t have COVID-19, to contact their GP practice.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, some members of the public are reluctant to use NHS services, citing concerns about being exposed to the virus and not wanting to be a burden on the NHS.

In addition, there is a lack of awareness that a cough for three weeks or more on its own can be a sign of lung cancer, and a need to remind the audience to act on a persistent cough and not wait to see if it resolves.

While a cough for three weeks or more is probably nothing serious, it could be a sign of something that needs treatment. If it is cancer, finding it early makes it more treatable and can save lives. Your NHS is here and wants to see you, Help Us Help You.

  • If a friend or family member has been coughing for three weeks or more, and it isn’t COVID-19, encourage them to contact their GP practice
  • In addition to the symptom of a cough for three weeks or more, other symptoms of lung cancer include:
    • Chest infections that keep coming back
    • Coughing up blood
    • A long-standing cough that gets worse
    • An ache or pain when breathing or coughing
    • Persistent breathlessness
    • Persistent tiredness or lack of energy
    • Loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss
  • Early diagnosis and treatment of cancer can save lives

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