Health champions join fight against lung cancer

Dr Peter Wilczynski
Dr Peter Wilczynski

Health champions have been recruited to help in the battle against lung cancer.

They have attended a workshop in Kettering for Detect (Diagnose Early to get Effective Cancer Treatment), which is supported by NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group and Northamptonshire County Council.

Detect champions are local people who are given training and support on the signs and symptoms of cancer, and provided with a handbook which gives them the tools needed to talk to their local community about cancer.

The workshop was held as part of the national Be Clear on Cancer campaign which runs until August 11.

The campaign aims to get more lung cancers diagnosed at an early stage by raising awareness of key symptoms, for instance a cough which has persisted for three weeks.

Dr Matthew Davies, long-term conditions lead at NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group, said, “It’s great to see our Detect champions taking a national campaign into the community to make the difference at a local level.”

Dr Peter Wilczynski, chairman at NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It is important that local people understand the symptoms of lung cancer and seek help if they have any concerns. You’re not wasting anyone’s time by getting your symptoms checked out and it might be a sign of something else that needs treatment.”

Dr Stephen Rogers, consultant in public health at Northamptonshire County Council, added: “Many people believe if you have lung cancer it’s the end. In my experience it doesn’t have to be this way. Lung cancer can be treated and you can have a good quality of life afterwards.”

To find out more about lung cancer symptoms visit www.nhs.uk/lungcancer.