Lung cancer is the UK’s 3rd most common cancer in the UK. Around 47,000 people are diagnosed with the condition every year in the UK. It mainly affects older people, it is rare in people younger than 40, more than 4 out of 10 people diagnosed with lung cancer in the UK are aged 75 and older.
Although people who have never smoked can develop lung cancer, smoking is the most common cause, approximately 72% of cases.
Early detection makes it more treatable, recognising symptoms and contacting your GP Practice sooner could save lives:
• A cough that doesn’t go away after 2 or 3 weeks – a persistent cough after receiving a negative COVID test result could be a sign of Lung Cancer
• Chest infections that keep coming back
• Coughing up blood
• Ache or pain when breathing or coughing
• Persistent breathlessness
• Persistent tiredness or lack of energy
• Loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss