Let’s talk lung cancer
AHEAD of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Lois Gatley is urging the community to put lung cancer on the agenda.
The Subiaco resident was diagnosed with lung cancer two years ago.
“It was the most horrifying day of my life – I’d given up smoking 30 years ago so I thought I was in the safe zone,” Ms Gatley said.
“My lung tumour that I call ‘Alfred’ had spread to my central chest (hence the pain), my lymphatic system and the pleural cavity.”
Ms Gatley said she had pain for a long time before the diagnosis but good treatment and self-care had made a difference.
“This disease affects young and old – people who have never smoked, smokers and former smokers – more people die from lung cancer than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.”
Ms Gatley said lung cancer received 5 per cent of all funds for cancer research.
“With breast cancer there are commonly known signs and people know what they should do if they find something abnormal, but we want people to check their breathing and look for unexplained coughs or unexplained weight loss,” she said.
Early detection was important as lung cancer treatments were advancing.
“New ways of treating lung cancer are coming up by genetic profiling as well as immunology drugs and we want that to give people ray of hope,” Ms Gatley said.
Health professionals and other speakers will give presentations at the Australian Institute of Management in Jolimont on November 5, supported by Lung Foundation Australia.
Live music entertainment and refreshments will be provided from 6 to 8pm.
There’s hope: Lois Gatley with her dog Charlie. Ms Gatley is a volunteer organiser of an event in Jolimont on November 5 called “A Ray of Hope” for people suffering lung cancer.