Lung cancer

Common symptoms of lung cancer include:

  • Coughing up blood once off
  • A cough that lasts for four weeks, or a worsening or changing of a long standing cough
  • Repeated chest infections
  • Becoming more short of breath, tired or lacking energy
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Persistent (long lasting) chest or shoulder pain

If you have had any of these symptoms, tell your doctor or health worker.  It doesn’t mean you’ve got lung cancer – usually they turn out to be something less serious.  But it’s important to tell your doctor or health worker and get them checked.

If it is lung cancer, the earlier it’s found, the earlier it can be treated.

Lung cancer myths and facts

Myth:  Lung cancer is a death sentence.

Fact:  New treatments have increased survival rates, but finding cancer early is vital.


Myth:  Only cigarette smokers get lung cancer.

Fact:  Around 2 in 10 cases of lung cancer occur in non-smokers.


Myth:  Lung cancer only affects men.

Fact:  Lung cancer can affect anyone.  Nearly 40% of lung cancer cases are in women.


Myth:  The earliest sign of lung cancer is coughing up blood.

Fact:  The first signs are often a persistent cough and shortness of breath.


Myth:  If you smoke it’s normal to have a cough.

Fact:  Smokers often have a cough, but if you’re a smoker and notice any persistent changes in the way you cough, you need to tell your doctor.


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