Campaign Encourages GPs to Better Detect Lung Cancer Symptoms in Non-smokers | London


Lung cancer can affect anyone, smokers and non-smokers.

Cancer charities including the Ruth Strauss Foundation, EGFR Positive UK and ALK Positive UK have come together to launch the “See Through Symptoms” campaign.

The short film is shot by world famous photographer Rankin whose mother died of lung cancer in 2005.

Faye had never smoked in her life, but was eventually diagnosed after developing a cough and back pain. Credit: ‘Seeing through the symptoms’

The campaign calls on general practitioners and primary healthcare professionals to act on the symptoms of lung cancer, regardless of age and whether or not patients smoke.

Lewisham’s Faye Wrotchford was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer at age 28.

It took four months and several hospital appointments to be diagnosed.

Faye believes this new campaign can get people to recognize that non-smokers can also get lung cancer.

Faye says she doesn’t blame her GP, but she believes if she had been diagnosed earlier the outcome would have been different.

Faye hopes that by participating in this new awareness campaign, people will realize that non-smokers can also get lung cancer.

More than 50% of lung cancers are diagnosed at stage 3 or 4.

Faye urges GPs and healthcare professionals to ‘see through symptoms’

For Faye, she says it’s a “death sentence”.

Former England cricket captain Sir Andrew Strauss lost his wife, Ruth, to lung cancer in 2018.

She was 46 years old. The foundation created in memory of Ruth supports this new campaign.

Former English cricketer Andrew Strauss established the Ruth Strauss Foundation in memory of his wife who died of lung cancer. Credit: Ruth Strauss Foundation

They want more GPs to see through the symptoms.

In the UK, 6,000 people die from lung cancer each year who have never smoked. And like all cancer, early diagnosis is essential.

Sometimes people with symptoms who do not smoke may not see their GP.

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