Lung Cancer Awareness Day 2017 – What one hospital is doing to spread the word. Please like and share to show your support

Lung Cancer Awareness Day
Lung Cancer Awareness Day

Tomorrow is Lung Cancer Awareness Day 2017 so Leicester’s Hospitals’ Lung cancer nurses have organised an East Midlands Lung Cancer Awareness day at Loughborough University on 17 November from 9am-4pm in the Students Union.

The day is part of lung cancer awareness month and this year it is being held at the University to show students the importance of looking after your lungs. Students, members of the Public and also the local healthcare system are all invited to learn about early signs and symptom recognition of lung cancer. The team have a pair of giant inflatable lungs to grab people’s attention and to be used as a learning tool.

Other attendees at the event include Macmillan, Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, and the Leicester Smoking cessation team. This is the main event in the East Midlands, whilst events are also taking place across other regions of the country.

Sue Manship, Smoking Cessation Specialist at Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “Most cases of lung cancer are caused by smoking, although people who have never smoked can also develop the condition. Smoking is responsible for more than 85% of all cases. If you smoke, the best way to prevent lung cancer and other serious conditions is to stop smoking as soon as possible. Speak to the team at the event for more information about available support.”

Sharon Savory, Lung Cancer Nurse Specialist at Leicester’s Hospitals, explained why she set up the event: “November is lung cancer awareness month and in the East Midlands we like to raise awareness of the disease and promote early symptom recognition and better outcomes with early detection.

“We have over the last few years held the event in the city centre but after two years of getting soaking wet and having soggy leaflets we decided to go for an indoor venue!!! We want to show the students at the University how to love their lungs, look after them and recognise any changes in their health relating to the lungs. As a team we look forward to awareness month as it is our chance to show case lung cancer and how well people can respond if referred early.”

Lorraine Dallas, Director of Information and Support Services at Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, added: “Lung health is vital. Too few people properly understand that if you have lungs, you can get lung cancer. It can affect anyone, regardless of lifestyle, fitness and background. It’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms to look out for, because early detection is the key to getting effective treatment”.

How one hospital is supporting Macmillan Lung Cancer Awareness Month

From tomorrow Thursday 5th November the Lung Cancer Nurse Specialist Team from Leicester’s Hospitals along with members from the Mesothelioma UK Resource Centre based in Leicester are teaming up with the Macmillan Mobile Bus Service to urge the public to be ‘Signs and Symptoms Aware’.

Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support
The public will be encouraged to play their part in helping to detect early diagnosis to fight the UK’s most lethal forms of lung cancer. The Macmillan Mobile Bus Service will be stopping off in different locations in Leicestershire from Tuesday 3rd to Thursday 5th November.

The Lung Cancer Nurse Specialist Team along with the Smoking Cessation Specialists will be attending the event on Thursday between 8am and 6pm at the Haymarket Shopping Centre on Humberstone Gate West. No appointment is necessary, and everyone is welcome.

The team will be there to offer free, confidential advice and support to anyone with a concern or a question relating to any aspect of lung cancer and its treatment.

Sharon Savory, Lung Cancer Nurse Specialist from Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “Each year our team get involved to promote the awareness of all types of lung cancer and this year has coincided with the Macmillan Cancer Support’s Mobile Bus Road Show and so we will be going along to provide support and to help hand out literature and advice to anyone who wants to talk to us. The message we want to convey is that it is important to detect symptoms early and to visit your GP immediately in order to get the best possible treatment.”

If you have questions about cancer or want to find out more about the signs and symptoms of lung cancer or want advice on how to quit smoking then please visit: www.macmillan.org.uk or call Macmillan free on 0808 808 00 00.