This November, Clatterbridge Private Clinic is helping to raise awareness of lung cancer. Lung Cancer Awareness Month, is an annual event which aims to raise awareness of lung cancer and to encourage people displaying common symptoms to visit their GP for an appointment.
The lungs are amongst the most vital organs in the human body, as they are responsible for fundamental functions in the body. Lung cancer in the UK is one of the biggest cancer killers. It is the third biggest cancer in the UK and becomes more common as we get older. Around 47,000 men and women in the UK are diagnosed with lung cancer every year, with one in two people being diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. In fact, it is responsible for millions of deaths around the world, every year.
Statistics have highlighted that incidences of lung cancer are 26% higher in the North West, where Clatterbridge Private Clinic is based, compared to rates across the rest of England.
Here at Clatterbridge Private Clinic, we recognise the importance of getting checked regularly. The earlier lung cancer is detected, the higher the chance of survival and the more treatable it becomes.
Types of Lung Cancer
Lung cancer occurs in men and women when abnormal cells divide uncontrollably to form a tumour in the lungs. When cancer spreads from the lungs to different parts of the body, it becomes known as secondary lung cancer. Therefore, early detection is extremely important, as it is easier to treat if caught early.
There are two types of primary lung cancer:
- Non-small-cell lung cancer, which accounts for 87% of lung cancer cases making it the most common type of lung cancer. It can be one of three types: squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma or large-cell carcinoma.
- Small-cell lung cancer, which is less common and usually spreads faster than non-cell lung cancer.
Other types of lung cancer include:
- Mesothelioma is a less common form of cancer that affects the membrane, which covers the surface of the lungs and lines the inside of the chest (the pleura). It is commonly associated with exposure to asbestos, which typically occurred 30-40 years before diagnosis.
- Carcinoid Tumour can sometimes develop in the lungs. These are a type of neuroendocrine cancer: your neuroendocrine system is a network of glands that produce hormones and direct them into the bloodstream to affect organ function.
Who Is Affected By Lung Cancer?
Lung cancer is more common in older people, affecting 4 out of 10 people aged 75 and over. In the most recent cancer research report, 2017 saw 24,900 men and 23,100 women being diagnosed with lung cancer. Figures showed that smoking caused more than 70% of lung cancer cases, although people that have never smoked can still be affected.
Symptoms of Lung Cancer
Symptoms are usually not displayed in the early stages, however many people diagnosed with the disease do eventually start to develop symptoms.
Some of the most common symptoms of lung cancer include:
- A persistent cough
- A change in a persistent cough – it may sound different or be painful when you cough
- Shortness of breath
- Coughing up blood
- Having an ache or pain in the chest or shoulder
- Reoccurring chest infections or a chest infection that doesn’t get better
- Loss of appetite
- Losing weight
Lung cancer can be hard to check for, as many people don’t experience symptoms, which is why it is so important to visit your GP regularly to ensure it is caught early. If you do experience any of the symptoms listed above or you are concerned about any health related changes, you should visit your GP immediately. The earlier lung cancer is detected, the higher the chance of survival and the more treatable it becomes.
What Are The Treatments For Lung Cancer?
How Can Clatterbridge Private Clinic Help?
Here at Clatterbridge Private Clinic, we provide expert cancer care, tailored to your specific needs, in a modern and calming environment. If you have received a diagnosis of lung cancer, you can ask to be referred to Clatterbridge Private Clinic for treatment. We have a team of expert consultants who specialise in the treatment of cancer and can provide patients with fast access to a range of innovative treatments, many of which are not available on the NHS.
Our private patient liaison team are always on hand to offer any help, support, or guidance and work hard to make your experience as comfortable and easy as possible. To find out more about our private cancer care, contact our friendly team on, 0151 668 0648 or firstname.lastname@example.org.