- 1 in 15 people in the UK will get lung cancer in their lifetime.
- 9 in 10 lung cancers are preventable through positive lifestyle choices.
- 4 in 5 lung cancers are caused by smoking.
- After 10 years of quitting smoking, the risk of lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker.
- After 48 hours of quitting smoking there is no longer any nicotine in the body.
- Your blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal as quickly as 20 minutes after you quit smoking.
- More people in Yorkshire get lung cancer than any other type of cancer, with rates that are 20% higher than the UK average.
- 1 in 5 lung cancers are not caused by smoking, which is why it’s important that everyone is cancer aware.
#reducetherisk – Be cancer aware
These numbers may not make for nice reading but, together, we can reduce the risks.
This is why we’ve launched our #reducetherisk Facebook campaign to tackle cancer in the community and help reduce the risk factors that mean Yorkshire is so badly affected.
We can and will reduce the risk through better education, lifestyle changes, and early detection. Cancer is treatable through early detection and sometimes preventable through the lifestyle choices we make, so we need to ensure everybody knows the facts so they can act early if they do have symptoms.
- a cough that does not go away after 2 or 3 weeks, or a cough that gets worse
- frequent chest infections
- coughing up blood
- an ache or pain when breathing or coughing
- feeling short of breath
- feeling tired or weak
- loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss
If you or someone you know has any symptoms, talk to a doctor straight away.
Together we can make changes for the better. It is our ongoing mission, and we can’t afford to give up. We need your support to succeed.
Thank you for helping us on our mission.