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NHS Lanarkshire has announced a raft of events to mark November's Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
NHS Lanarkshire Associate Lung Cancer Nurse Specialist, Kirstie McManus, commented on the upcoming events: “The aim of the awareness month is to highlight the importance of detecting lung cancer early to help save lives.
“Symptoms of lung cancer can include a long standing or persistent cough, recurring chest infections, unexplained new or changed breathlessness, coughing up blood, weight loss and a lack of energy.
“We know that early diagnosis of lung cancer does save lives and therefore it’s vital that people can recognise symptoms and seek prompt attention from their doctor.”
The annual campaign, which is organised by MacMillan Cancer Support and The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, is run in an attempt to raise awareness of the early signs and symptoms of the disease, which is the most common cancer in the world.
In Scotland, around 5000 new cases of Lung Cancer are diagnosed every year, with over 450 cases diagnosed in Lanarkshire alone. Unfortunately, almost 70% of cases are diagnosed when the patient's cancer is at an advanced stage.
Continuing, Ms McManus added: “Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer deaths in the UK, accounting for 35,000 lives per annum.
“The stark reality is one person dies every 15minutes from lung cancer in the UK.
“Lung cancer can have an enormous impact on the lives of those diagnosed and those close to them.”
Throughout November the Lung Cancer Nursing team within NHS Lanarkshire will be hosting awareness events at three NHS Lanarkshire hospitals.
Wednesday 16th November, 1pm - 3pm - Monklands,
Wednesday 23rd November, 1pm - 3pm - Wishaw General,
Wednesday 30th November, 1pm - 3pm - Hairmyres Hospital.
At the awareness events, information materials will be available, highlighting symptom recognition and how to seek help and treatment. NHS Lanarkshire's Specialist Nurses will also be on hand to answer peoples' questions.
People who visit the events will also get the chance to be entered in to a free prize draw, for various gifts donated by local businesses.
At each hospital event there will be two tickets for a match at Motherwell Football Club, (excluding Old Firm games);
Hairmyres event - there will be two season books for the remainder of season 2011/2012 at Hamilton Accies;
Monklands event - there will be two tickets for the Airdrie United FC v Albion Rover match on 2 January 2012;
At Wishaw event - voucher for cut and blow dry, full body aromatherapy massage, and shellac manicure all donated by Fuse Hair and Beauty Salon.
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