Area’s fight against killer diseases

PUBLISHED: 09:00 24 July 2016

Medical doctor.

Medical doctor.


Tens of thousands of people in North Somerset were diagnosed with potentially-deadly heart and lung diseases during the past year, while hundreds of people in the area also died from lung cancer.

Figures released by Public Health England show that more than 12,000 people in the district were diagnosed with coronary heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in 2014-15, while some 111 people died from lung cancer in 2014.

The news comes as Public Health England launched a campaign across the South West last week to raise awareness of the symptoms of lung cancer and lung and heart disease.

It encourages anyone with a persistent cough, or who gets breathless doing things they used to be able to do easily, to visit their GP as these symptoms could be signs of a serious, or even deadly, underlying medical condition.

Professor Debra Lapthorne, centre director for Public Health England South West, said: “If lung cancer, lung disease or heart disease are diagnosed early, they can be managed and treated successfully.

“This campaign will help people in the South West recognise the symptoms and encourage them to seek help, potentially saving lives from what are three of the biggest causes of death in England.”

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