100 lung cancer cases in Donegal
MORE than 100 people in
Donegal are diagnosed with lung cancer every year,
new figures show.
And they show that over one-in-three people who
display three or more lung cancer symptoms are
"unconcerned" about the disease.
The Irish Cancer Society, which launched a new
survey today, said lung cancer continues to grow in
Ireland with 103 people diagnosed with the disease
in Donegal out of 2,312 cases nationally in 2012.
The latest report also reveals a number of barriers
to vital early detection of lung cancer.
The society said this includes a lack of awareness
around the severity of the disease and a third of
people being "unconcerned" despite having lung
Symptoms include a
cough that doesn’t go away; shortness of breath;
repeated chest infections that don't clear up with
antibiotics; coughing up blood-stained phlegm and a
pain in your chest especially when you cough or
The main causes of lung cancer are smoking; passive
smoking; asbestos exposure and exposure to high
levels of radon gas.
Cancer prevention manager at the Irish Cancer
Society Kevin O’Hagan said: "We need Irish people to
start talking about it and to consider it important
enough to take action. We need doctors and
pharmacists to keep lung cancer front of mind and to
encourage their patients to maintain good lung
health. When it comes to lung cancer, awareness and
early detection are the key to survival," he said.
Smokers looking to quit smoking can call the HSE
Quit Team on Freephone 1800 201 203 or Freetext QUIT