Nearly 38,000 people are diagnosed with the disease each year, and survival rates are vastly improved if the condition is caught early. Symptoms to look out for include:
- A cough that doesn't go away after two or three weeks.
- Worsening of a long-standing cough or coughing up blood.
- Persistent chest infections, breathlessness or tiredness.
- Persistent weight loss and chest or shoulder pain.
- More split or phlegm, especially with blood in it.
- Losing your voice but no sore throat
- Swelling in your face or neck.
‘Lung cancer is curable if it is diagnosed early enough. The message for this year's Lung Cancer Awareness Month is simple: see your doctor straight away if you have any of the symptoms of lung cancer. These symptoms may not be serious, in which case, you've got nothing to lose by getting them checked out. If they are serious, you've got everything to gain - diagnosis at an early stage could save your life.’