Lung and heart disease the target for new Bradford campaign
Health chiefs in Bradford are backing a new national campaign to help diagnose lung disease, heart disease and cancer early to make them more treatable.
The districts three CCGs and the Council’s Department of Public Health are urging anyone who has a persistent cough, or gets out of breath doing things they used to be able to do, to contact their doctor.
Residents across the district are being urged not to ignore these symptoms especially if they are a smoker or live in a household where someone smokes. Smoking is a key risk factor for both lung and heart disease.
In 2014, 335 people in the district were diagnosed with lung cancer and 261 people died because of the disease.
In under 75-year-olds, there were around 240 deaths from cardiovascular disease considered preventable in the same year, according to figures from Public Health England.
Dr Ian Fenwick, clinical lead for cancer, NHS Bradford City and Bradford Districts Clinical Commissioning Groups and Dr Helena Rolfe, clinical lead for cancer at NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG, said: “Having a cough for three weeks or getting out of breath during your day to day activities could be signs of lung disease or cancer.
“It’s important to tell your doctor if you have either of these symptoms as they could be signs of lung disease, heart disease or even cancer. Many people will avoid going to see their doctor and treat these symptoms at home, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that you are tackling the root-cause of the problem. Early diagnosis and treatment for lung disease, including lung cancer and heart disease, can save lives. It can also improve the quality of life of those living with long-term conditions such as COPD.
“If you are a smoker, you are more at risk of developing these symptoms. The main way you can help reduce your risk of these serious diseases is to stop smoking altogether.”
Cllr Val Slater, Deputy Leader of Bradford Council and portfolio holder for Health and Wellbeing, said:
“Reducing preventable deaths across the district is a key part of the health and wellbeing strategy. Identifying symptoms of these serious diseases early can make a real difference to treatment and on the ongoing quality of life.
“If you are a smoker, one key way of reducing your risk of developing these symptoms is to quit smoking and you are four times more likely to quit if you get support from your local stop smoking service.”
You can contact the Bradford District Stop Smoking Service on 01274 437700 or the North Yorkshire service on 0800 246 5215.