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Lung cancer campaign to hit Doncaster

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Staff at a Doncaster information service will be raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of lung cancer in August.

Workers at St John’s Information Service, based at the Tickhill Road Hospital site, Balby, will be out and about in the borough raising awareness of the disease and the importance of recognising sign and symptoms so it can be detected early.

Lung cancer is one of the most common and serious types of cancer and symptoms include coughing, unexplained weight loss, shortness of breath and chest pain. It is the second most common cancer, after breast cancer, in England and Wales and an estimated 40,800 new cases are diagnosed every year.

It mainly affects older people. It is rare in people under 40 years old, but the rates rise sharply with age and it is most commonly diagnosed in people who are 70–74 years old.

Smoking also causes 85–90 per cent of lung cancers. People who smoke are 15 times more likely to die from lung cancer than people who have never smoked.

Staff will be at the Frenchgate Interchange from 8.30am to 1.30pm on August 2, and the NHS Walled Gardens and Edenthorpe Church Hall on August 5.

For more details ring 01302 796853 or email stjohnsinfo@rdash.nhs.uk.

 

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