Borderers with persistent cough urged to visit GP

Borderers are being encouraged to see their GP if they have been coughing for three weeks or more in a bid to boost early detection of lung cancer.

With latest analysis showing you are almost 20 times more likely to 
survive lung cancer if it is detected early; the Scottish Government’s lung cancer campaign is highlighting the importance of getting 
a persistent cough 
checked.

Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in Scotland, with 5,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Experts say one reason 
patients are diagnosed so late is that they are 
unaware of the symptoms, which include a persistent cough, chest pain, breathlessness and weight 
loss.

The campaign is fronted by Sir Alex Ferguson, who lost both parents to the disease.

He said: “Everyone should be aware of the signs of lung cancer. If you or someone you know has a cough that won’t clear up, don’t ignore it.

“With higher survival rates for people who seek help at an earlier stage, it’s worthwhile raising it with your GP sooner rather than later.”