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Over 46,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer every year, with nearly 36,000 dying from it. It is the UK's biggest cancer killer in both men and women.

Early detection is the key to surviving lung cancer. The sooner it is caught, the more likely you can have curative treatment so make sure you know the signs and symptoms of lung cancer.

Anyone can develop lung cancer, but around 85 per cent of cases occur in people who smoke or who used to smoke. The risk of getting lung cancer increases with the total number of cigarettes you have smoked. If you stop smoking, the risk gets less over time. Breathing in other people’s smoke over a long period of time can increase your risk of getting lung cancer. The condition usually affects people who are aged 60–80. Young people can develop lung cancer, but this is rare.

Non-smokers are more likely to develop one particular type of lung cancer – adenocarcinoma.

Cancer starts out as just one abnormal cell. It might take up to five years for it to multiply and grow big enough to be noticed. Often lung cancer will not cause any symptoms until the tumour becomes quite large. This means it might only be discovered when you have an X-ray or scan for a different problem. You will experience symptoms as your condition progresses. These might include:-

  • a cough that lasts more than three weeks
  • feeling out of breath
  • wheezing from one side of your chest (this might make it difficult to sleep on one side)
  • blood in your mucus or phlegm
  • pain
  • unexplained weight loss

If you have these symptoms, you should see your Doctor.  However these symptoms are also very common in people who do not have lung cancer.  People with long-term lung disease might have many of these symptoms, but it’s very important to tell your doctor if your usual symptoms change or become worse. Your doctor can arrange for tests to find out whether or not you have lung cancer.

If you have a tumour that has spread outside the lungs, the first symptom might not come from the chest at all. In this case, symptoms might include:-

  • jaundice (when the colour of your skin or eyes becomes yellow)
  • bone paint or fracture
  • a skin lump; and
  • nerve or brain damage.  This might affect walking, talking, behaviour or memory

If you are worried about your symptoms you should talk to your GP.

Remember that in many cases there will be another explanation for your symptoms other than cancer.

For further information and support, please click on the link below:-


Macmillan's Mobile Information and Support Service will be in the area shortly.  If you have any questions about cancer please go along to speak to their friendly specialists at one of the venues/dates detailed below: -

  • Outside Boots, Town Centre Road, HATFIELD, AL10 0JT on Tuesday, 28th August 2018 9am-4pm
  • Market Place (off High Street) HITCHIN SG5 1BH on Wednesday, 29th August 2018 9am-4pm
  • Outside Boots, Town Square, STEVENAGE, SG1 1BP on Thursday, 30th August 2018 9am-4pm

If you are unable to make it to one of the above dates/venues, you can contact Macmillan on 0808 808 00 00 or visit


Carers in Hertfordshire Carer Hub Support Groups and

Peer Led Groups

Carers in Herts now have 13 hubs running in Berkhamsted, Bishop’s Stortford, Buntingford, Chorleywood, Hemel Hempstead, Hoddesdon, Potters Bar, Letchworth Garden City, St Albans, Stevenage, Ware, Watford and Welwyn Garden City.

The hubs are groups run by volunteers or carers for carers and focus on offering emotional and practical support. Most groups meet once a month and offer activities include a programme of speakers and time to talk. Carers can book 1:1 appointments with a Carers in Hertfordshire Carer Support Advisor at some meetings to plan their caring role.

In addition to the Carer Support Hub groups many areas will have Peer Led Carer Groups, for example there is a Carers' Camera Club, a Stitch and Knit group, plus support groups in areas such as Borehamwood and Bushey. 

There are some evening groups - one in Hemel Hempstead that meets on the second Thursday of every other month at Greenhills Day Service, Tenzing Road, Hemel Hempstead, from 7pm - 8.30pm and another in Hatfield at the Tesco Extra (Community Room) on the second Wednesday of each month from 7.30pm - 9pm.

You can find out more about Hubs in the Carers in Herts new 2017 video 'An Introduction to Carer Support Hubs' -   There is also a video about the Stevenage Carers' Support group -, which they have been supporting for a number of years. This will give you an idea of what a Carer Support Group will look like.

For further information about the groups, venues, dates etc, please click on the link below:-

If you are interested in trying out any of the groups, please either email or telephone 01992 586969 and let them know which group you are interested in attending.  Carers in Herts will then contact the carer contact for the group who will be able to confirm timings, dates and venues with you - as occasionally these may have to change.

Stevenage Ostomistics

The Stevenage Ostomistics host a group meeting for people who have a stoma.  These meetings take place on a monthly basis at the Oval Community Centre between 10.30am-12.30pm

For further information regarding these meetings, please contact Judy Colston on 01438 354018

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