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400 Diagnosed With Lung Cancer Every Year

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:01am 18th July 2013.

Cornwall is warned to be clear on lung cancer.

Pirate FM has learnt around four hundred cases are diagnosed in the Duchy every year.

Two thirds of patients die within twelve months.

Experts say it is because we are not spotting early warning signs.

Paula Chadwick from the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation said: "If people have a persistent cough for three weeks or more they should really seek advice from their GP - because we know that early diagnosis of lung cancer saves lives.

"The majority of people are unfortunately diagnosed late on with the disease when curative treatment isn't always available."

Experts say the main symptoms to watch out for are:

  • A persistent cough that does not go away, has got worse or changes
  • Repeated chest infections
  • Coughing up blood
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