Do you know the symptoms of lung cancer?

7 November 2022

Do you know the symptoms of lung cancer? Don’t ignore symptoms that could indicate that you have lung cancer. Contact your GP practice. 

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout the month we want to raise awareness of symptoms that could indicate lung cancer, and encourage anyone with symptoms to contact their GP practice.

Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in England and is the biggest cause of cancer death. The risk of getting lung cancer increases with age and most people who are diagnosed are aged 55 or older.  

Approximately 28,100 people die from lung cancer in England each year, and over 57% of lung cancer patients in the UK are still diagnosed too late for curative treatment.

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Though more common in those with a smoking history, around 15% of lung cancers are diagnosed in people who have never smoked.

Symptoms of lung cancer include:

  • A persistent cough
  • Persistent breathlessness
  • Chest infections that keep coming back
  • An ache or pain when breathing or coughing

Lung cancer symptoms can also be vague, and include fatigue, weight loss and loss of appetite.

Many of these symptoms can also be caused by other medical conditions. However, finding lung cancer sooner can make it easier to treat. If you have symptoms you are concerned about, please contact your GP practice. #ClearOnCancer

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