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Havering doctors advise - be clear on lung cancer

PUBLISHED: 15:14 01 August 2013 | UPDATED: 15:18 01 August 2013

Havering director of public health Dr Mary Black; Leader of Havering Council, Cllr Michael White; deputy Mayor of Havering, Cllr Linda Trew; Andrew Rosindell, MP for Romford, with volunteers from Age Concern Havering during a roadshow last week to encourage health checks. Picture Mark Sepple

Havering director of public health Dr Mary Black; Leader of Havering Council, Cllr Michael White; deputy Mayor of Havering, Cllr Linda Trew; Andrew Rosindell, MP for Romford, with volunteers from Age Concern Havering during a roadshow last week to encourage health checks. Picture Mark Sepple

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Havering doctors are warning people who have had a cough for three weeks or more to get checked by their GP.

They are encouraging residents to be clear on the signs of lung cancer, of which a persistent cough could be one of the early signs.

Health professionals and trained volunteers were at the Cottons Park Family Fun Day over the weekend to raise awareness of the disease.

Dr Atul Aggarwal, chair of Havering Clinical Commissioning Group and a local GP, said those diagnosed at the early stage are five times more likely to survive lung cancer than those diagnosed later.

He said: “The NHS is here to help but it is really important for people to be aware of the early signs of potential lung cancers so they know what to look for and when to seek advice. If you have had a cough for the last three weeks make an appointment to see your GP.”


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