Lung Cancer Facts and Figures Primary Message If you have a cough which lasts for three weeks or more, you should see your doctor Secondary Message Finding lung cancer early makes it more treatable Lung cancer symptoms Symptoms of lung cancer include: A cough that has lasted for three weeks or more Repeated chest infections Coughing up blood Breathlessness Feeling more tired than usual for no obvious reason Losing weight for no obvious reason An ache or pain in your chest or shoulder that has lasted some time Reassurance You need to see a doctor if you have been coughing for three weeks or more. It’s probably nothing serious, but you need to get it checked out Knowing the symptoms of lung cancer and going to see the doctor early could save your life Early diagnosis Early diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer can save lives Spotting lung cancer early can make a real difference – treatment for lung cancer is more likely to be successful if the disease is diagnosed at an earlier stage Visit your GP If you notice any of these symptoms, tell your doctor Detecting lung cancer early makes it easier to treat, so seeing your doctor quickly may save your life It’s probably nothing serious but it could also be a sign of something else that needs treatment, so don’t ignore the symptoms or put off a trip to the doctor And if you know anyone who has any of these symptoms, insist they see their doctor. Again, it’s probably nothing serious, but they should get it checked out Your doctor wants to see you if you have any of these symptoms Family/friends If you know someone with a persistent cough, encourage and support them to go to their doctor People care about you – if they suggest you go to the doctor, you should listen Facts and statistics The first national Be Clear on Cancer lung cancer campaign ran from 8 May – 1 July 2012, with encouraging results. In May – July 2012, compared with the same period in the previous year: o Around 700 extra patients were diagnosed with lung cancer o Approximately 400 more patients had their lung cancer diagnosed at an early stage – the earlier cancer is diagnosed, the more likely treatment is to be successful. o Around 300 more patients had surgery which gives them the best chance of prolonged survival. o There was around a 32% increase in two-week wait referrals for suspected lung cancer Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in England with around 34,900 people diagnosed every year. Around 97% of these are aged 50 and overi In England, around 28,100 people die from lung cancer every year, killing more men and women than any other cancerii Lung cancer has one of the lowest survival rates compared with other cancers because over two-thirds of patients are diagnosed at a late stage. Around 70% are diagnosed at a late stageiii when curative treatment is not possible. Not enough people are diagnosed early with lung cancer. To help improve survival rates it is important to raise awareness of the symptoms and encourage people to visit their doctor if they experience any of these symptoms Those diagnosed at the earliest stage are five times more likely to survive lung cancer for at least five years than those diagnosed at a late stage.iv When diagnosed at its earliest stage, around 73% of patients with non small cell lung cancer and around 56% of patients with small cell lung cancer will survive their disease for at least one year after diagnosisv In 2009 it was estimated that around 1,300 deaths from lung cancer could be avoided in England each year if survival rates matched the best in Europe.vi Although lung cancer is more common in smokers, around one in eight people with lung cancer has never smokedvii. The Be Clear on Cancer lung cancer campaign aims to raise awareness of the symptoms of lung cancer (focusing on a cough for more than three weeks) and to encourage people with those symptoms to go and see their GP. Diagnosing lung cancer early means it’s more likely to be treatable. All of the GPs featured in the Be Clear on Cancer adverts are practising GPs. The call to action in all Be Clear on Cancer campaigns is to “tell your doctor” if you have the given symptoms. The Be Clear on Cancer lung cancer campaign has run nationally twice before. Other Be Clear on Cancer campaigns that have run previously are: bowel cancer; “blood in pee”, a symptom of bladder and kidney cancer; and breast cancer in older women (finishing on 16th March). There has also been a range of campaign pilots at a regional and local level. All Be Clear on Cancer campaigns are aimed at those most likely to develop cancer.