See GP if you have a persistent cough

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IF YOU have had a persistent cough for more than three weeks, it could be an early sign of lung cancer.

The next phase of the NHS Be Clear on Cancer campaign will run during this summer.

It aims to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of lung cancer and encourage people with a persistent cough to see their GP early.

According to Hampshire County Council, the county sees on average 676 new lung cancer cases a year.

The authority said it is Hampshire’s biggest cancer killer and has one of the lowest survival rates because people are diagnosed at a late stage when treatment that could cure the disease is not possible.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, who is in charge of health and wellbeing at the council, said: ‘We need to improve the number of early diagnoses so treatment is started sooner.

‘We want people to be aware of the symptoms of lung cancer, and if they have a persistent cough for more than three weeks to go and see their GP.’