Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in England. There are some 33,000 new cases every year. It kills more men and women than any other form of cancer.
Common symptoms of lung cancer:
- A cough that has lasted for three weeks or more
- A cough that has got worse or that changes
- Repeated chest infections
- Coughing up blood
- Feeling more tired than usual for some time
- Weight loss for no obvious reason
- An ache or pain in the chest or should that has lasted some time
If you notice any of these symptoms, tell your doctor straight away. Detecting lung cancer early makes it easier to treat.
Key Lung Cancer Facts:
- Around 33,800 people are diagnosed with lung cancer in England every year, around 32,800 of whom are aged 50 and over.
- 39% of lung cancer patients present as emergencies, compared to 24% across all cancers.
- Between 10 – 15% of lung cancer patients in England are diagnosed at the earliest stage – around 70% are diagnosed at a late stage.
How to reduce your chances of getting lung cancer:
- Stop Smoking. No matter what age you stop, it reduces your chances of developing lung cancer and makes a real difference to your health in general. Visit www.smokefree.nhs.uk or call 0800 169 0169 for advice.
- Look after yourself. Keep active and you’ll keep your lungs healthy. Try walking to the shops instead of taking the car.
- Eat healthily – Try to get your 5-a-day. So more vegetables, fruit, fish and wholegrain foods. Eat less fatty foods like cakes and pastries and fewer processed meats like bacon and ham. It is also a good idea to reduce your alcohol intake.