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Be Clear roadshow visits city to highlight cancer symptoms

Shoppers can find out about some of the symptoms of lung cancer and lung and heart disease when the Be Clear on Cancer roadshow comes to Wolverhampton next month.

It will be at the Mander Centre on Wednesday and Thursday 14 and 15 September, to raise awareness that a persistent cough, or getting out of breath doing everyday things such as vacuuming or walking up a short flight of stairs, could be a sign of lung cancer or other lung disease. Breathlessness can also be a sign of heart disease.

Anyone who notices these symptoms is urged to visit their GP as soon as possible - as early identification of these conditions makes them more treatable.

Latest figures suggest around 3,860 people in the West Midlands are diagnosed with lung cancer each year, while just over 100,000 have at some point been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) - a common form of lung disease that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Around 200,000 people have been diagnosed with coronary heart disease.

At the roadshow, shoppers will be able to pick up leaflets providing information on lung disease, including lung cancer and heart disease, while a nurse will also be on hand to talk to anyone who has any questions.

Councillor Paul Sweet, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Early diagnosis of these conditions has the potential to save lives and improve the quality of life of those living with long-term conditions, such as COPD.

"The earlier heart disease is diagnosed the better - treatment can help manage the symptoms and reduce the chance of a heart attack."

Dr Lola Abudu, director for Health and Wellbeing at PHE West Midlands, said: "If lung cancer, lung disease or heart disease is diagnosed early, they can be managed and treated successfully."

For further information about the signs and symptoms of lung cancer, other lung diseases and heart disease, search 'Be Clear on Cancer'.

  • released: Thursday 18 August, 2016