The NHS has launched their Be Clear on Cancer campaign to improve awareness of the signs and symptoms of lung cancer and encourage people with a persistent cough to see their GP early.
Professor Jane Maher, Chief Medical Officer at Macmillan Cancer Support, said in support: “Our research shows that lung cancer median survival rates have barely improved since the 1970s – from 11 to 20 weeks.
“Yet there have been dramatic improvements in survival for some cancers like breast, colon, and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma - with years added to median survival times.
“It is clear that much, much more effort needs to be put into lung cancer research, surgery and treatment. In the meantime early diagnosis is key. The earlier cancer is caught, the more that can be done to boost the chances of surviving it.
“GPs play a key role in spotting cancer in its early stages and referring people for vital treatment and support. Macmillan is working with them to produce tools to help identify symptoms that might be cancer so that more people can be diagnosed at the earliest possible stage.”