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Doctors Back Lung Cancer Campaign

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 12:58pm 20th July 2013. (Updated at 1:01pm 20th July 2013)

Doctors tell us time is the key to beating Cornwall's biggest cancer killer.

They are backing a campaign to raise awareness of the symptoms of lung cancer.

It comes after Pirate FM told you around 400 people in the Duchy are diagnosed every year.

Specialist cancer nurse at Treliske, Paul Neller, said: "There are other treatments that can be given, such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy, to try and control the disease but the research shows that surgery offers the best chance. But that is entirely dependent on catching it in its early stages.

"Lung cancer is a very dangerous disease. Statistics for lung cancer are not as good as for other cancers and only 10% of people will survive for five years once diagnosed but those ones that do survive are the ones that are caught early."

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