Nov 13 2012 by Thomas Martin
Formby Grandmother Ann Long
A GRANDMOTHER from Formby who survived lung cancer is supporting a campaign to raise awareness of the disease.
Ann Long, 76, who was diagnosed nine years ago, is supporting Lung Cancer Awareness Month this November.
The retired social worker, whose husband George died from the disease in 1976, particularly wants to raise awareness of the importance of early diagnosis.
She said: "When my husband was diagnosed, I remember asking the consultant what I should do and his response was to point me in the direction of the cloakroom.
"But things have changed so much since then. The morning after my diagnosis I was seeing the surgeon and in a matter of weeks I was operated on at the Cardiothoracic Centre Liverpool NHS Trust, Broadgreen, where half my left lung was removed. I think myself very fortunate that I did not need any further treatment of any kind."
Each year almost 40,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer in the UK, making it the second most common cancer after breast cancer.
Despite this, awareness of the signs and symptoms is low and more than two thirds of patients are diagnosed at a stage when they are unable to be cured.
Paula Chadwick, chief executive of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, said: "Anyone can get lung cancer; it’s not just smokers. If you catch it early enough there is hope, as you are more likely to get treatment which could cure you. If you have any symptoms, please get checked out by a health professional as soon as possible."
The early signs and symptoms of lung cancer include:
A cough that doesn’t go away after two to three weeks
Worsening or change of a long-standing cough
Repeated chest infections.
Coughing up blood
Unexplained persistent breathlessness
Unexplained persistent tiredness
Unexplained persistent weight loss
Persistent chest and /or shoulder pain
These symptoms may not be serious, in which case, there is nothing to lose by getting them checked out. If they are serious, there is everything to gain - diagnosis at an early stage could save your life.
For more information about Lung Cancer Awareness Month, visit www.roycastle. org/awarenessmonth