On World Cancer Day learn the signs so you're ready to take action!

04 February 2019

Over one third of cancers are preventable, which means we all can reduce our cancer risk. Up to 3.7 million lives could be saved each year with prevention, early detection and treatment.

One sign that people seem ignore is a long-running cough – particularly in the winter months, said Dr Muthuramalingam. “A persistent cough could be a sign of lung cancer so the sooner it is looked at properly the quicker a medical diagnosis can be made.

“Dr Muthuramalingam explains: a GP will be able to give you an expert opinion and, if they think it needs further investigation, will put you on the right healthcare pathway, new treatments are being developed all the time with more sophisticated chemotherapies, an emergence of targeted therapies and more recently immunotherapies.

“However, our best weapon in the fight is early detection, and that depends on people reacting to signs such as a persistent cough. You won’t be wasting anyone’s time and it could help save your life.”

If you have any symptoms that are concerning you, don't wait, our private GP service is available for rapid access to an expert opinion when you need it. 


The content of this article is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the professional medical advice of your doctor or other health care professional.

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