Be Clear on Cancer
This year’s campaign
Respiratory issues are the focus of this year’s campaign because more than 100,000 deaths a year are linked to cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease or cancer. Currently around 28,700 people a year die from lung cancer and approximately 1.8 million people have been diagnosed with coronary heart disease.
Awareness of these issues is particularly important because diagnosing these conditions earlier is more likely to lead to better outcomes.
If you experience any of the following symptoms then you should book an appointment to see your GP. Whilst they could be a sign of many things, it is very important to get them checked out:
- Have you been getting out of breath more easily?
- Have you been coughing for 3 weeks or more?
- Have you noticed blood in your urine?
- If you’re over 70, have you noticed changes to your breasts?
- Have you noticed blood in your poo?
- Have you felt bloated for over 3 weeks?
- Have you noticed a change to your skin?
- Have you had heartburn for over 3 weeks?
What should I do?
The campaign’s key messages focus on quick action and awareness:
- If you are getting out of breath doing things you would normally do, then this may be a sign of lung disease, heart disease or cancer, so it is important to talk to your doctor as early as possible. Finding it early makes it more treatable.
- If you have been coughing for over three weeks, it may be a sign of lung disease or cancer. It is important to talk to your doctor as early as possible as finding it early makes it more treatable.
- You can find your local GP by visiting the Be Clear On Cancer website.
- You need to see your doctor if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms. Don’t worry, you’re not wasting anybody’s time and it is very important to get it checked out.
- It is particularly important for people aged over 50 to be aware of these conditions because over 97% of people diagnosed with lung cancer are over 50.
You can read about some patients’ experiences of diagnosis on the Be Clear On Cancer website.