Be Clear on Cancer – Respiratory Symptoms Campaign

Date: 30 June 2017

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Oxfordshire CCG is supporting the national ‘Be Clear on Cancer - Respiratory Symptoms’ campaign to encourage people to get an earlier diagnosis for lung or heart disease.

Public Health England launched the campaign which is aimed at people aged over 50, as they are more at risk of having undiagnosed respiratory illness and also make up 97 per cent of lung cancer diagnoses.

The key messages are:

  • If people get out of breath doing things they were able to do, it could be a sign of lung or heart disease, or even cancer – finding a condition early makes it more treatable: don’t ignore it, tell your doctor
  • If people have had a cough for three weeks or more, it could be a sign of lung disease, including cancer – finding a condition early makes it more treatable: don’t ignore it, tell your doctor

According to Public Health England more than 70 per cent of all premature deaths in England are attributed to cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease or cancer – that’s over 100,000 people a year.

Dr Shelley Hayles, Oxfordshire CCG Planned Care Clinical Lead, said: “I urge people to book an appointment to see their GP if they get out of breath more easily than before, such as walking the dog or climbing stairs.”

She added: “Whilst deaths from cancer and heart disease in Oxfordshire are below the national averages*an earlier diagnosis could result in more effective treatment for patients, reducing the mortality rate even further. People may be frightened about the outcome but it is vital to see your GP early, if you have any chest symptoms of concern.”

For more information visit: https://www.nhs.uk/be-clear-on-cancer

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Notes to Editors

  • Public Health England’s ‘Be Clear of Cancer - Respiratory Symptoms’ campaign launched on 18 May and will finish on 31 August 2017

* Based on information in the Oxfordshire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment Annual Report 2017

  • Summary:

    Oxfordshire CCG is supporting the national ‘Be Clear on Cancer - Respiratory Symptoms’ campaign to encourage people to get an earlier diagnosis for lung or heart disease.

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  • Date:
    29 June 2017