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Five minutes with . . . Chris Harrison, cancer tsar

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 14 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3831

England’s new national clinical director for cancer outlines why the government is launching a new public campaign targeting lung cancer alongside heart disease and respiratory disease


“The campaign is aimed at raising awareness of respiratory symptoms such as unusual cough lasting for three weeks or more or breathlessness that might leave someone unable to do their normal activities.

“The reason for launching is so that people with those symptoms are aware of the need to consult a doctor and get medical advice, because it might be due to heart disease, respiratory disease, or lung cancer. The earlier those symptoms are assessed and possible treatment is given, …

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