Thursday 8 December 2016

Choir members cough through songs to raise awareness of lung cancer

Published 27/11/2016 | 16:56

The Glasgow SoundSational choir performing with a difference - coughing instead of singing to raise awareness of lung cancer
The Glasgow SoundSational choir performing with a difference - coughing instead of singing to raise awareness of lung cancer

A Glasgow choir have put on a performance with a difference - coughing instead of si nging to raise awareness of lung cancer.

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SoundSational took to Buchanan Street to entertain shoppers but deliberately interrupted songs with bouts of coughing.

It comes as part of Lung Cancer Awareness Month and to make people aware that a cough for three weeks or more could be a sign of the disease.

Choir member Tommy Chambers said: "We loved the thought of lending our lungs to raise awareness of this vital message.

"The beauty of singing is the unique way in which it engages people, and we hope to surprise and ultimately inform passing shoppers when we descend into our cacophony of coughs.

"The songs we've picked are well-known and all about empowering people to act.

"I hope those listening will take something away from our performance, especially all the partners, children and friends out there who may notice the persistent cough of someone close to them."

Experts say t he five-year survival rate for those diagnosed at an early stage is almost 20 times higher than for those diagnosed at a later stage of the disease.

Dr Kenneth O'Neill 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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