well-known Clitheroe man Peter Moore is the face of a new NHS campaign to make more people aware of the early symptoms of the lung cancer.
Having survived the disease himself, Peter (75) is fronting the Lung Cancer – Get if Off Your Chest awareness campaign currently running throughout East Lancashire. The grandfather-of-four is appearing in a series of billboard posters and information leaflets to help raise awareness of the campaign across the region.
Lung cancer claims around 282 lives in East Lancashire every year, making it one of the area’s biggest causes of death. Peter was diagnosed with lung cancer in March 2009. He was rushed to hospital after developing a severe pain in his chest.
Although Peter, an ex-smoker, had been experiencing breathlessness for some time, he assumed it was connected to his existing heart condition, and that the chest pain was symptoms of another heart attack as he had had several in the past.
However, an X-ray showed a shadow on Peter’s right lung. Initially it was attributed to a chest infection, but he was referred for a broncoscopy and subsequently given the devastating news he had lung cancer. Due to Peter’s heart condition it was not possible to operate and he underwent a four-week course of radiotherapy treatment at Preston’s Rosemere Centre.
Since then Peter, a retired heating engineer who is married to Joan (63), has made a good recovery, but continues to have regular check-ups.
“Although I had felt breathless for quite some time, I put it down to my heart condition and just ignored it,” said Peter. “I never for one moment suspected I had lung cancer.
“I was extremely lucky that my cancer was detected early and, as a result, the treatment was successful.”
Lung Cancer – Get it off your Chest aims to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of lung cancer and increase earlier detection by encouraging people to see their doctor if they experience one or more of the following symptoms for three weeks or more:
l Persistent cough
l A change in a cough
l Unexplained shortness of breath.
For more information about the “Lung Cancer – Get it off your Chest” campaign visit www.cancerlancashire.org.uk or call Keith Swindell, Project Facilitator on 01772 647060.