Lung cancer remains one of the biggest cancer killers in the UK and figures show Nottingham is one of the worst areas in the country.
Now a pilot scheme launched in the city to detect the early signs of the disease could be rolled out across the country.
“This is just the start”
Simon malia, Roy castle lung cancer foundation
Almost 500 people died in Nottingham from lung cancer in two years from 2014. This places the city well above the national average.
The figures have been released in a report by the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation which has also launched an initiative in Bulwell to check for the illness.
Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation spokesman, Simon Malia, said, “Given that lung cancer is such a major public health threat in Nottingham, we have funded a Lung Health MOT check to identify potential lung cancer patients before any symptoms appear.”
The service offers lung check-ups with a scan which detects changes in the lungs which can be an indication of cancer.
Mr Malia added, “This is just the start- we are now calling for the roll-out of a national screening programme aimed at saving lives by picking up lung cancer early.”
The foundation is now aiming to extend the MOT checks to other cities.
Simon Malia - Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
A teenager from Derby is backing the scheme after losing his mum to lung cancer this year.
Aaron Austria, aged 18, who now gives presentations at his own school, The Landau Forte College, in Derby, believes raising awareness can save lives.
Aaron is now planning to skydive in January next year, in memory of his mum.
His goal is to raise £1,000 for the foundation. You can donate on his go fund me page.
The Roy Castle Lung Foundation
Roy Castle Lung Foundation is the only charity in the UK dedicated solely to tackling lung cancer.
Founded in 1990, the foundation was renamed after the death of the TV presenter and entertainer, Roy Castle.
In the last year of life, Roy raised over £1million to support the foundation.
In the UK, around 46,000 new cases of lung cancer are diagnosed each year. It’s important to look out for the signs and symptoms.
The NHS have released the most common signs of lung cancer:
- A cough that doesn’t go away after two or three weeks
- A long-standing cough that gets worse
- Persistent chest infections
- Coughing up blood
- Aches or pains when breathing or coughing
- Persistent breathlessness
- Persistent tiredness or lack of energy
- Loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss
If you have any of these symptoms, it’s important to get checked out by your GP.