Peston wins lung cancer journalism prize

Robert Peston with UK representatives of the Global Lung Cancer Coalition Robert Peston with UK representatives of the Global Lung Cancer Coalition

Robert Peston has won an international award for his 'inspirational' efforts to raise awareness of lung cancer.

The business editor, who lost his wife Siân Busby to the disease in 2012, received the annual Lung Cancer Journalism Award this week from the Global Lung Cancer Coalition.

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It is a national emergency to improve diagnosis of this terrible disease and to devote more resources to finding cures.”

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The group of patient organisations praised Peston's efforts to highlight under-funding of research into lung cancer and to help raise money towards research into early detection methods.

Author Busby, a non-smoker, was diagnosed with the illness in 2007 and died five years later at the age of 51.

'Lung cancer kills more people in the UK than any other cancer, by quite a margin, yet it receives only a fraction of the research funding and media attention of other cancers,' said the BBC journalist on receiving the recognition.

'It is a national emergency to improve diagnosis of this terrible disease and to devote more resources to finding cures.'

He has donated his £1000 prize to the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

Paula Chadwick, chief executive of the foundation, said: 'Robert's personal strength and his ability to tell the very painful story of what has happened to his family in the past few years has been nothing short of inspirational.

'His tireless efforts to raise public awareness of this terrible disease and the unjust research funding inequalities that surround it have delivered a significant boost to the lung cancer research movement in the UK and beyond.'

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