ONLY one in 10 people in Sheffield know the early warning signs of lung cancer - something health bosses are urgently trying to change.
The Government has launched a national campaign to educate people about the key symptoms of the disease, which is the biggest cancer killer in the country and affects more than 400 people in Sheffield each year.
The disease is treatable, with 80 per cent of people with an early diagnosis for lung cancer surviving for more than five years.
But if the cancer is well advanced, the survival rate over the same period plummets to less than seven per cent.
Health Minister Paul Burstow said: “Last year 432 people in Sheffield were diagnosed with lung cancer.
“Yet if you asked people what the key symptoms were, only one in 10 would be able to tell you that it is a persistent cough that lasts for three weeks or more.
“This is a very worrying statistics as lung cancer is England’s biggest cancer killer but, if diagnosed early, treatment can be successful and more lives can be saved.”
“We have launched a national Be Clear on Cancer Lung Cancer campaign with huge support from families and patients, charities, healthcare professionals and high-profile personalities from TV, media, politics and sport, whose lives have also been touched by the disease.
“We are committed to taking this campaign into the heart of communities across the country to highlight this very important issue.”
Mr Burstow added: “Understanding key symptoms from the outset, such as a persistent cough, is important.
“Speak with your loved ones if they have a worrying cough and urge them to seek advice from their GP.”
See www.nhs.uk/lungcancer for more information.