Isle MP backs lung cancer campaign

ISLE MP Andrew Percy has joined the parliamentary campaign to raise awareness about lung cancer.

The disease is the most common cancer worldwide and in the UK alone it accounts for around 35,000 deaths each year.

Mr Percy is among a group of MPs who had their picture taken at a parliamentary photographic exhibition.

The exhibition is a joint project between the charity Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and pharmaceutical company Boehringher Ingelheim.

Images of parliamentarians holding lung x-ray images are accompanied by statements explaining the reason for their involvement in the project.

Mr Percy said: “Somebody dies of lung cancer in the UK every 15 minutes. It’s vital we raise awareness and carry out more research.

“As well as raising awareness, the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation offers much needed support to people who have been diagnosed with the disease.

“Early diagnosis is really important so I’d urge anyone who thinks they might have symptoms to contact their GP today.”

Symptoms can include a persistent cough, repeated chest infections, coughing up blood, unexplained persistent breathlessness, tiredness, weightless and persistent chest and/or shoulder pain.

For more information on symptoms and local support groups contact Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation on freephone 0800 358 7200 or visit www.roycastle.org