Shoppers will be able to walk through giant lungs
A GIANT set of lungs will be on show to Derby shoppers to raise awareness of cancer.
The model will be at Westfield on Thursday, as part of Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
The replica walk-through lungs, which detail the inside and outside of the lungs, have been donated to NHS Derby City and Derby City Council's public health department by the Roy Castle Foundation.
Latest figures show that 152 people aged 50 or over were diagnosed with lung cancer in Derby in 2010, with 123 people in this age group dying from the disease that year.
But, according to GPs from NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, survival rates could be vastly improved if people understood how to recognise early symptoms – with as many as 80% of people diagnosed remaining alive for another five years, compared to only 7%if spotted later on.
Dr Sheila Newport, GP at Ivy Grove Surgery and chairwoman of NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG said: "Lung cancer is the commonest cause of death from cancer in the UK and the earlier it is diagnosed the sooner it can be treated effectively.
"Because of this it is really important that we are all aware of symptoms that need to be investigated.
"If you have a cough that does not go away for three weeks it is sensible to visit your GP as it may need looking into.
"The replica lungs will help to explain the nature and causes of conditions that can affect the lungs and how important it is to be aware of these."
Councillor Fareed Hussain, Derby City Council cabinet member for adults and health, said: "Lung cancer is one of the most common and serious types of cancer affecting people in the UK.
"Not smoking is the most effective way to avoid getting lung cancer, with people who smoke 15 times more likely to die from the disease than people who have never smoked."