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Campaign returns to remind those with breathlessness to go to their doctor

From Thursday 18th May, the Be Clear on Cancer respiratory symptoms campaign will run across England with the aim of raising awareness that breathlessness could be a sign of lung or heart disease, or even cancer.

Those who get out of breath doing simple everyday activities, such as getting dressed, are encouraged to go to their GP as early diagnosis and treatment can improve the quality of life of those living with long-term conditions.

Many people in England suffer from breathlessness, but may not have seen their doctor. Instead, they might have developed coping mechanisms, such as taking short breaks, giving up hobbies or not leaving the house as often.

While it may well be nothing serious, the campaign highlights that if you are experiencing breathlessness doing things you used to be able to do, you should go to your doctor.

The campaign will run for 15 weeks with advertising running on TV, radio, posters, newspapers/magazines and online.

For further information search ‘Be Clear on Cancer’.

It only takes a minute – to find out your lung age!

Are you curious to know just how healthy you and your lungs are? Our quick and easy test is a great way to find out if you’re as fit as you think you are – or if you need to change your habits!

Our Stop Smoking team can offer FREE lung age tests for anyone – even non-smokers and ex-smokers – and give advice on how to keep yourself healthy. It’s quick (takes 10 seconds) and easy – all you have to do is blow into a little tube and we’ll tell you the results. You might be surprised!

We have a stall at Widnes Market as well as drop in clinic around Runcorn and Widnes and we’ll be out and about at various community events over the next few months too. Keep an eye on our social media accounts for details!

You can see our Stop Smoking drop in clinic times here.

You’ll also be able to speak to our team if you’d like some advice about lifestyle changes (e.g. stopping smoking, losing weight, getting more active, etc.).

Taking more exercise, watching what you eat, giving up smoking – it all adds up and over time, you should see your lung age come down which is a sure sign you’re getting fitter and healthier.