Sir Alex backs cancer campaign as roadshow rolls into Motherwell

Sir Alex Ferguson is backing the Detect Lung Cancer Early campaign
Sir Alex Ferguson is backing the Detect Lung Cancer Early campaign

A national roadshow aimed at encouraging early detection of lung cancer will roll into Motherwell tomorrow (Thursday).

The Detect Lung Cancer Early roadshow will be at the town’s Asda store from 10am-4pm to help people more about the signs and symptoms of lung cancer and promote the benefits of early detection.

The Scottish Government campaign has attracted the high profile support of Sir Alex Ferguson and aims to build belief that, thanks to enormously improved treatments in recent years, lung cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence and much more can be done about the disease if it’s detected in the early stages.

With 2,658 incidences of lung cancer in the NHS Lanarkshire area in the five years between 2005 and 2009, locals are being urged to be aware of changes to their health and visit their GP as early as possible with any concerns about a change in cough, their chest or breathing.

John McPhelim, lead lung nurse for NHS Lanarkshire, said: “Lung cancer is not what it used to be and there is a lot more that can be done to treat and manage the illness, if it is caught early.

“The Detect Cancer Early roadshows will help to make people aware of the signs of lung cancer and will hopefully encourage them to think about their own lung health.

“I would encourage anyone experiencing any of the symptoms to make an appointment with their GP as soon as they can.”

The Motherwell visit is part of a nationwide tour aiming to increase the percentage of people diagnosed in the early stages of breast, bowel and lung cancer by 25 per cent by the end of 2015.