A group which aims to help people detect the early signs of cancer held a successful workshop in Kettering.
The DETECT (Diagnose Early to get Effective Cancer Treatment) Champions, are supported by NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group, and Northamptonshire County Council and are people who are given training and support on the signs and symptoms of cancer, and provided with the DETECT Handbook which gives them the tools needed to talk their local community about cancer.
The event presented the national Be Clear on Cancer campaign raising awareness of symptoms of lung cancer which will run from July 2 to August 11.
DETECT champions were given briefings on how they can raise awarensess in their communities.
The Be Clear on Cancer campaign aims to get more lung cancers diagnosed at an early stage by raising awareness of key symptoms – for instance, if people have been coughing for three weeks – and encouraging people to discuss them with their doctor earlier.
When cancer is picked up early, treatment is more likely to be successful.
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 of 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 – it might be a sign of something else that needs treatment.”
Dr Stephen Rogers, consultant in public health at Northamptonshire County Council: “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.”