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Bill Kidd MSP Takes a Stand Against Lung Cancer

This week Bill Kidd’s portrait has appeared in a one off unique parliamentary photographic exhibition to raise awareness of lung cancer, the most common cancer worldwide.

In Scotland alone, there are over 5000 people diagnosed with the disease every year – more than 13 people each day. 

 

 Bill is among a group of Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) who have had their photographs taken for the exhibition. 

The exhibition is a joint project between the charity Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and the pharmaceutical company Boehringher Ingelheim Ltd. It shows photographs of MSPs holding lung x-ray images, which are accompanied by statements explaining the reason for their involvement in the project. The photographs were on display in a pop-up exhibition at the Scottish Parliament from 15-19th April.

Bill said:

"This is a campaign I was happy to highlight as there are still too many people suffering from lung cancer every year.

"It is crucial for individuals to be aware of the symptoms of lung cancer and to understand the importance of being checked out as soon as they arise. Early intervention can literally be the difference between life and death, and I hope that this campaign will encourage everyone to make themselves and loved ones aware of the warning signs before it's too late."

The main signs and symptoms of lung cancer are:

• A cough that doesn’t go away
• A long standing cough gets worse
• Unexplained breathlessness
• Chest infections
• Coughing blood
• Unexplained weight loss
• Chest and/or shoulder pains
• Unexplained tiredness or lack of energy
• Hoarse voice

If you have any of these symptoms for more than three weeks, make an appointment with your GP today. There are a number of reasons why you may be experiencing some of the above symptoms, and it may be nothing serious, but it is worth getting checked out.

For information on local support groups and general information on lung cancer issues call the freephone helpline on 0800 358 7200 or visit www.roycastle.org

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