Notts County Council is using the new Be Clear on Cancer lung cancer campaign to remind residents about the possible signs and symptoms of the disease which kills more than 400 people in Notts each year.
The campaign, which is running across England until the end of April and will include television and radio adverts, is particularly encouraging anyone with a cough that lasts for three weeks or more to see their doctor.
The most recent data for 2011 reveals that 518 people across Notts were diagnosed with lung cancer, and 418 people died of the disease, with the majority of cases occurring in those over the age of 50.
C oun Joyce Bosnjak, chairman of the Notts Health and Wellbeing Board said: “Lung cancer is the biggest killer in terms of cancer nationally, but it can be treated – especially if there’s an early diagnosis.”
“Quite simply, more lives could be saved if people were diagnosed at an earlier stage.”
“That’s why it’s so important that everyone is clear about the signs of lung cancer, including the key symptom of having had a cough for more than three weeks, not just for ourselves, but to urge friends and family to see their GP you spot the possible signs.”
“It could well be nothing to worry about, but talking to your doctor early could make all of the difference.”