Sir Alex hails example set by lung cancer survivor

Tom Hart meets Sir Alex Ferguson.
Tom Hart meets Sir Alex Ferguson.

A man who survived lung cancer after seeking help early has been praised as a ‘great example to everyone in Scotland’ by Sir Alex Ferguson.

The football legend, who fronts the Scottish Government’s Detect Cancer Early (DCE) lung campaign, stars in a new film where he meets fan Tom Hart, 62, who was diagnosed with lung cancer after a GP check for his persistent cough led to a tumour being found in his right lung.

The pair discuss how Tom’s early diagnosis in 2011 led to successful treatment, and Sir Alex praises Tom for sharing his experience to urge others not to ignore a persistent cough.

The DCE lung campaign, running across Scotland throughout November, aims to drive awareness of the fact that a cough for three weeks or more could be a sign of lung cancer, in a bid to encourage those with the symptom to get checked by their GP sooner rather than later.

Dr Michelle Watts, Associate Medical Director for primary care, NHS Tayside said: “If you’ve had a cough for three weeks or more, your GP wants to see you. It may be nothing serious but it does need to be checked as a persistent cough could be a potential sign of lung cancer.

“The earlier lung cancer is found, the easier it is to treat. You shouldn’t worry about wasting our time as the sooner we see you, the quicker we can help.”

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