Worried about your lung health?
If you or someone you know has been experiencing any of the symptoms below for over 3 weeks they could be a sign of something serious.
“get yourself there, you’ll be alright...”
"My nanna liked poetry a lot; she even had a few things published. She loved Elvis Presley; absolutely adored him! She loved to knit things and then donated them to charity.
"You didn’t mess with her. She was straightforward, straight-talking but that was just her!
"I don’t think she was easily influenced. She had her own mind, for definite.
"I know that she’d not been well, she went to the doctors and they’d done some tests and that’s how it came about that she had cancer and that was in September.
"She was taken to Castle Hill and she was given more tests. It had spread from her lungs to her brain. She had three brain tumours but they couldn’t operate on them. It was only a short time from her diagnosis to her passing. It was only 12 weeks.
"She did have a cough. She used to be a smoker but she’d quit a good few years ago. I remember her having a cough constantly.
"I think a lot of people don’t go to the doctors. They say that they can’t get an appointment and they’re like, ‘I’m wasting someone’s time!’ But, if you’re not right, you know your body. Go! If people do go earlier, they could get a diagnosis that prolongs their life or saves their life. It could be curable. If you’ve got any signs, then definitely go.
"One of my colleagues once had a cough for a while and even her son had said, ‘go to the doctors’, because he’d seen adverts about it. I did say to her, ‘go, you’ve had it a while’. Thankfully there’s nothing wrong but sometimes it just needs someone to say, ‘get yourself there, you’ll be alright’.
"If you’ve got a family, you’re frightened that you’re not going to be there for them. If you’ve got a cough and you have that worry – ‘what will they do without me?’ - that is a big factor.
"It’s alright worrying but if you get early diagnosis, you will be here! And sometimes it’s nothing, some people just have a cough. Early diagnosis is definitely key."
What could it be?
The symptoms listed are some of the most common symptoms of lung cancer, however they could also be signs of other things as well, all of which a doctor would want to see you for:
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Pneumonia or a chest infection
It could be nothing to worry about, but it's worth getting checked to make sure.
Where to go for help
Your GP is the best person to see for help or advice but if you are struggling to contact them, there are some alternatives:
Throughout 2019, we will also be running events throughout Hull where you can speak to the campaign team to get more information. Check out our social media for more information on how to find those.
We will soon be adding our community events into a table below. Follow our social media to find out when the first events will be taking place.
Who we are
The project aims to look at lung health in Hull and encourage those experiencing symptoms of poor lung health to visit medical professionals. The earlier symptoms are caught the better the chances for survival.
The lung health campaign is running alongside a study being
conducted by the medical school looking at attitudes around visiting the
doctors. Evaluations at the end of the campaign will be used to find out whether
more people in Hull know about the symptoms of poor lung health and whether the
number of people attending GPs for early diagnosis of lung cancer or other
conditions has increased.