Lung cancer awareness

The NHS is raising awareness of lung cancer symptoms with the Be Clear on Cancer campaign.

The message is clear: anyone with a persistent cough that lasts for three weeks or more should see their doctor.

Lung Cancer is England’s biggest cancer killer claiming 28,000 lives per year. This is partly due to late diagnosis of lung cancer.

The campaign is aimed at people aged over 50 as they are most at risk of developing lung cancer.

Symptoms of lung cancer include:

  • A cough that has got worse or changes
  • Repeated chest infections
  • Coughing up blood
  • Breathlessness
  • Feeling more tired than usual for some time
  • Losing weight for no obvious reason
  • An ache or pain in chest or shoulder that has lasted for some time

The earlier cancer is diagnosed, the better the chance there is that the cancer can be treated.

Delayed diagnosis can lead to more aggressive treatments being required and can adversely affect survival rates.