Lung Cancer Awareness
We are proud to sponsor and support a new “Know The Signs” Lung Cancer awareness campaign at Golf Green Hall, Jaywick.
There was also an opportunity to get a health check at the session which was supported by Rotary Club of Clacton who paid for the venue and refreshments.
The campaign came about after it was identified that the area had a higher amount of suspected lung cancer per 1,000 people than the rest of the country as a whole.
Essex County Council Public Health Team has now joined forces with the Green Elms Medical Centre in Jaywick Sands and local survivors to raise awareness.
Staff at the centre are also concerned that patients are presenting later for lung cancer, meaning they were diagnosed later and therefor the condition was more advanced with limited options for treatment.
Lynda McWilliams, Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Cabinet Member for Leisure and Partnerships – with responsibility for health and wellbeing – welcomed and praised the initiative.
“Figures in 2016 showed that Jaywick Sands had four more cases of suspected lung cancer per 1,000 compared to the England average,” she said.
“I fully support the event held today and thank all those that took part in helping to raise awareness.
“It educated those who attended on the signs and symptoms they should look out for with the message to get to their GP should they have any of them.”
The signs include a cough most of the time (and for more than three weeks); a change in a long term cough; shortness of breath; coughing up phlegm with signs of blood; an ache or pain in the chest or shoulder; loss of appetite; tiredness and loss of weight.
More information on the ‘Know the Signs’ campaign can be found at www.essex.gov.uk/jaywickKTS and follow #jaywickKTS on twitter.
Nurse Yvonne Preston tests the lug capacity of Jaywick Sands resident Steve Peterman.
Karen Tedder-Ward (CVST), Keith Parham (Rotary), Rona Gilder (ECC Public Health) Trevor Norris and Ray Hansen (both Rotary) help spread the message.