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Public’s beliefs around lung cancer sought for new study


Researchers at Leeds Beckett University are asking members of the public to complete a short online questionnaire to share what they know and think about lung cancer.

Lung Cancer written on an ipad

The study involves exploring the beliefs and attitudes that exist around lung cancer in the UK.

Dr Laura Ashley, Reader in Psychology at Leeds Beckett and project lead, explained: “Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in the UK. Past research suggests that the way people think and feel about, and their attitudes towards, particular illnesses (like cancer for example) can influence how likely - and quickly - they are to seek medical help if they experience symptoms.

“It is hoped that the findings of our study may be able to help inform future programmes to improve how quickly people seek help for lung cancer symptoms. This is important because delays in diagnosis can be associated with poorer outcomes for patients.” 

Men and women living in the UK aged 16 and over, who have never been diagnosed with any type of lung cancer, are invited to take part in the anonymous survey, available here. The survey takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. There are no right or wrong answers and volunteers can choose not to answer any of the questions that they do not wish to.

Paper questionnaires are also available. For more information, please contact Dr Laura Ashley on 0113 812 4980 or at l.j.ashley@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

The researchers hope to be able to announce some initial findings from the study during November to coincide with Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

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