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It’s time to #TackleLungCancer

Jonathan says it's time for better lung cancer care.

We all know someone who has been affected by cancer.

But did you know that lung cancer is the UK's biggest cancer killer?

A third of all people with lung cancer are diagnosed at hospital in an emergency. They have severe symptoms, and the cancer is often advanced. At this stage, there are fewer options to treat them. Many people - too many - are told there is nothing more that can be done.

Only 10 per cent of people survive for at least 5 years after they find out they have lung cancer. Compare this to breast and prostate cancer, where 80 per cent of people affected will survive for at least 5 years. This is not right or fair. So we're launching our latest report: Tackling emergency presentation of lung cancer.

We've worked with the Expert Working Group on Lung Cancer to agree recommendations for the government that will make real improvements to lung cancer diagnosis and care.

Spotting symptoms sooner

If everyone is aware of the signs and symptoms of lung cancer, more people will know when it's time to go see their doctor.

Getting diagnosed early means there's much more that can be done and they have a far better chance of living longer and healthier lives. They're also much less likely to end up in hospital in an emergency related to their cancer.

To make this happen, we're calling for the government to fund a lung cancer screening programme. This will help people who are at higher risk of lung cancer.

Getting an answer quickly

Finding out you have lung cancer is difficult news to hear. But being left waiting to find out what's next can make it even more distressing. This is the reality for many people currently being diagnosed.

We're calling for change. People who are diagnosed with lung cancer should be put in touch with a specialist nurse within 24 hours. This nurse will be there to offer support and make sure they receive the best care. No one facing lung cancer should be left in the dark without support.

Time to act

It's time for lung cancer to be taken seriously. Too many lives are still being lost. We've already changed the outlook for people living and beating other cancers - now it's time to do the same for lung cancer. 

Together, we can make change happen.

See our recommendations for improving lung cancer care and reducing emergency admissions in our latest lung cancer report.

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3 November 2015