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What the actress said to the minister—about her lungs

PUBLISHED: 13:31 19 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:28 05 October 2010

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EX-CORRIE TV soap queen Liz Dawn persuaded Health Secretary Andy Burnham to take a puff. “Have a lung test,” the actress said to the minister

By Mike Brooke

EX-CORRIE TV soap queen Liz Dawn persuaded Health Secretary Andy Burnham to take a puff.

“Have a lung test,” the actress said to the minister.

She then told him all about living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary lung disease which she suffers from.

The British Lung Foundation’s celebrity ambassador’—who played Vera Duckworth in ITV’s Coronation Street—was promoting the NHS Innovations Expo at the ExCel centre in East London yesterday (Thursday) when Mr Burnham turned up (pictured with Liz).

HEALTH MOT’

“Lung testing should be included in the Government’s new Health MOT’,” she said.

“I encouraged the minister to have a lung test and we talked about the importance of early diagnosis.”

Liz is heading the Foundation’s Love Your Lungs’ campaign during Breathe Easy Week which ends on Sunday.

The Foundation’s chief, Dame Helena Shovelton, said: “It’s fantastic having the queen of soaps’ as our celebrity ambassador.

“We really appreciate what she’s done this week, raising the profile of lung disease.”

The disease, which can include emphysema and chronic bronchitis, is currently the fifth biggest killer in Britain, the British Lung Foundation points out.


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