Be Clear on Cancer roadshow visits Wakefield next week

​Date:05/09/2016

Ref: PR 8332

The Be Clear on Cancer roadshow is visiting Wakefield city centre next week to raise awareness of the symptoms of lung cancer, lung disease and heart disease.

The Public Health England campaign is encouraging people to visit their GP if they have a persistent cough, or get out of breath doing everyday things such as vacuuming or walking up a short flight of stairs. These could be a sign of lung cancer or other lung disease. Breathlessness can also be a sign of heart disease.

In the Wakefield district around 330 people are diagnosed with lung cancer each year and around 10,207 people have been diagnosed with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – a common form of lung disease that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis). Around 15,178 have been diagnosed with coronary heart disease.

The Be Clear on Cancer roadshow is touring the country and will be in Wakefield on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 September at The Ridings Shopping Centre.

At the events, leaflets will be distributed that provide information on lung disease, including lung cancer, and heart disease. A nurse will also be on hand to talk to anyone who has any questions.

Cllr Pat Garbutt, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said: "Finding these conditions early makes them more treatable so that more lives can be saved and helps to 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.

"Events like these are great way to help people know and recognise what the signs are. If you are worried about a persistent cough or breathlessness, please visit your GP."

The nationwide Be Clear on Cancer campaign is running until October 16. For further information about the signs and symptoms of lung cancer, other lung diseases and heart disease, search 'Be Clear on Cancer'.