Throughout November, we will be taking our MegaLungs and (not so) MiniLungs around the country to raise awareness of lung cancer and challenge the common disease misconceptions.
This is the second year we have done the Let’s Talk Lung Cancer roadshow. Working in partnership with NHS England, this year’s roadshow will make 10 stops during lung cancer awareness month.
Complete with our 6ft (not so) MiniLungs and 12ft MegaLungs – the perfect icebreaker – we aim to start more positive and open conversations around lung cancer as well as understand and help overcome any obstacles that could be preventing someone from getting diagnosed as quickly as possible.
The roadshow comes after a recent survey of over 2,000 adults in England found that just two in five respondents (41%) would visit their GP if they had a cough for three weeks or more, which could be a sign of lung cancer.
Half (50%) of respondents believe that lung cancer only affects a small amount of people, when in fact it is the third most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer deaths.
Wednesday 1st November
St Stephen’s Shopping Centre
Thursday 2nd November
Hill Street Shopping Centre
Tuesday 7th November
Golden Square Shopping Centre
Wednesday 8th November
Haymarket Shopping Centre
Tuesday 14th November
Golborne Street Market
Wednesday 15th November
Castlepoint Shopping Centre
Wednesday 22nd November
Thursday 23rd November
Arndale Shopping Centre
Monday 27th November
Location Leeds Central Bus Station
Tuesday 28th November
Location Drake Retail Park.
Paula Chadwick, chief executive of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, is delighted to be out on the road again:
“Lung cancer is such a misunderstood disease. There are misconceptions around who get be diagnosed with lung cancer. There is confusion around potential symptoms, and there remains an overtly negative assumption that, once diagnosed, there is little to nothing that can be done. All of this can contribute to a delay to diagnosis.
“This is why it is so important to be out amongst the general public and having these face to face conversations – vital conversations that could make a real difference in how quickly someone could be diagnosed.
“Community engagement is hugely important. We have seen wonderful success at our events this year, supporting local screening programmes and encouraging those invited to attend appointments. So, we are delighted to team up again with NHS England to raise awareness of potential lung cancer symptoms, as this remains how the majority of people will be diagnosed with lung cancer, and educate and empower people to push for thorough investigation and quicker diagnosis.”