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Edition No. 173

Date:- 30 October 2004

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Early Cancer diagnosis saves lives

LOCAL lung cancer nurses will be raising awareness of lung cancer and its symptoms as part of a campaign from The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and Macmillan Cancer Relief in November. 

Lung cancer nurses support people and their families when they are first diagnosed with lung cancer, helping them to make decisions about their treatment, giving them practical and emotional support.

Two of Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust's lung specialist nurses will be holding awareness mornings during November, where people can come along and get more information about lung cancer. 

Janet Thompson will be at the Concourse Shopping Centre in Skelmersdale on November 8. Also Sue Summerfield will be at Asda, Southport November 22. Information display boards will also be at both Southport & Formby and Ormskirk District General Hospitals during the month.

"Lung cancer is now the UK's biggest cancer killer in both men and women with 94 people a day dying from the disease,"
said Sue Summerfield. "We hope that by encouraging those most at risk of lung cancer to recognise the symptoms early and visit their GP, we can reduce the number of deaths from the disease. If lung cancer is diagnosed early, chances of survival are increased by 40 times, which is why early diagnosis is so important."

While smoking is a major risk factor for lung cancer, 15 per cent of people who develop lung cancer have never smoked. This campaign is about raising awareness of lung cancer and helping to reduce the stigma surrounding the disease.

The main symptoms of lung cancer are: recurring chest infections even after taking antibiotics; a nagging cough for more than three weeks; out of breath more than ever before; lost voice but throat feels fine; unexplained shoulder, chest or back pain.

If any of these symptoms are experienced for more than three weeks, people are urged to visit their GP, particularly if they smoke or used to smoke.

SCULPTURES CONNECT SLAVE TRIANGLE

STATUES designed by Liverpool artists and schoolchildren are travelling across the world to heal the scars of slavery.

Youngsters from six Liverpool schools have helped design two statues, which will be shipped to Africa and America to remember those who suffered during the slave trade.

The statues have been created as part of the 'Reconciliation Triangle Project', which aims to connect Liverpool, Richmond, Virginia and the West African republic of Benin, three of the areas heavily involved in the buying and selling of slaves.

After three years in the making, they will be officially handed over to representatives from Benin and Richmond on Friday, October 29 at 6pm in a special libation ceremony at Liverpool's Maritime Museum.

To research the project pupils took part in workshops and slavery trails, and designed images which reflected the slave trade and its impact. The images, along with messages of hope and peace, were imprinted onto the newly commissioned bronze, four-metre tall statues, created by Liverpool sculptor Stephen Broadbent. 

The two new statues are identical to Liverpool's 'Reconciliation' statue on Bold Street, in the city centre, which depicts two people embracing.

The Firework Code

Buy Fireworks that meet BS7114 from a recommended retailer.  Keep fireworks in a closed box. Follow the specific instructions on each firework.  Light fireworks at arms length using a taper, never a naked flame. Stand well back. Never go back to a firework once it's lit. Never put fireworks in your pocket. Never throw fireworks. Always light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves to hold them.  Never give sparklers to a child under five. Keep pets indoors.

Visit the Merseyside Police web page for lots more information and a chance to win a compatition

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