Uniting the world to fight cancer 

08/02/2017 00:00 
World Cancer Day aims to unite the world’s population in the fight against cancer and UCLH marked the day by educating our staff, patients and visitors about some of the early signs and symptoms.

Our visitors were invited to look inside a giant inflatable lung in the hospital atrium to learn more about lung cancer and keeping their lungs healthy. Staff from the UCLH Cancer Collaborative were also on hand with leaflets to discuss signs and symptoms of other cancers, and offer advice to people with concerns. Information on our work programmes to improve earlier diagnosis of cancer were also available.

Nearly half of cancers in England are diagnosed at an advanced stage, when they are much harder to treat successfully. Diagnosing cancer at its earliest stages is crucial to give patients the best chance of survival.

Prof Kathy Pritchard-Jones, chief medical officer for the UCLH Cancer Collaborative, said: “We were delighted to speak to hundreds of people about early signs and symptoms of cancer to mark World Cancer Day.

“Early diagnosis saves lives and the UCLH Cancer Collaborative is at the forefront of trialling new models of care to diagnose cancer earlier and faster, and improve patient outcomes and experience.

“The giant inflatable lung is a fantastic visual representation that really helps start conversations with people about reducing their cancer risk and be more aware of which signs and symptoms they should get checked out.”

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