Lung cancer awareness month starts on 1st November.
Pharmacists and their teams can play a vital part in raising awareness by developing their own knowledge of the key symptoms of lung cancer. Whilst 90% of people with lung cancer are symptomatic at diagnosis, these symptoms such as a persistent cough, a persistent chest infection, breathlessness and chest or shoulder pain are quite common so patients frequently self-medicate. Pharmacists are therefore in an ideal position to identify symptoms in at-risk individuals and advise them to visit their GP.
Alan German survived lung cancer as it was diagnosed early – watch his story here