15:04 24.11.2023

CSD LAB and its partners have launched lung cancer public awareness campaign

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CSD LAB and its partners have launched lung cancer public awareness campaign

Lung cancer is one of the deadliest types of cancer.

The insidious thing about the disease is that there are no specific symptoms and can masquerade as other diseases.

Signs and symptoms of lung cancer may include:

- a cough that won't go away;
- coughing up blood, even small amounts;
- shortness of breath;
- chest pain;
- hoarseness;
- weight loss for no reason;
- bone pain;
- headache.

Anyone can get lung cancer, regardless of age, gender or lifestyle. Symptoms of the disease can be nonspecific and masked by other diseases. Therefore, it is important to recognize this disease at an early stage to have a better chance of recovery.

Lung Cancer Europe (LuCE) in partnership with the NGO "Athena. Women Against Cancer" have organized a lung cancer awareness campaign "Take the test!" which will last the whole month of November. This is very important because awareness of the disease and its symptoms allows the cancer to be detected and treated in its early stages.

Another aim of this campaign is to encourage people who have been diagnosed with lung cancer to raise their awareness of biomarker testing. After all, by detecting changes or mutations in a tumor, biomarker testing can help 20-30% of lung cancer patients. 

If a patient is found to have a tumor marker that is treatable, the doctor can develop an individualized treatment plan using targeted therapy, which helps improve treatment outcomes and survival rates.

The earlier lung cancer is diagnosed, the better the chances of survival. Therefore, it is important to get screened if you experience any of these symptoms or are at risk.

Learn more about lung cancer at https://www.getchecked.eu/uk/