Lung cancer

Noticing symptoms

Lung cancer

Noticing symptoms

Cancers and other diseases can cause symptoms. These are changes in your body that you notice. Examples of symptoms are having a cough, a pain or a lump.  

Symptoms can be caused by many illnesses, not just cancer, but it is always best to have them checked out by a GP. 

What you need to know

Lung cancer symptoms

Common symptoms that can be caused by lung cancer include:

  • breathlessness
  • a new cough or a change to an existing cough
  • repeated chest infections
  • coughing up blood
  • chest pain
  • unexplained weight loss
  • lack of energy
  • a hoarse voice
  • problems swallowing
  • loss of appetite.
If you have symptoms that you are worried about, even if they seem minor, you should go to see a GP. Don't be embarrassed to bring up your concerns. 
Cancers that are diagnosed early can be easier to treat.

Next steps

What to do if you have symptoms

If you have symptoms that you are worried about, even if they seem minor, you should go to see a GP. Don't be embarrassed to bring up your concerns. 

Remember, cancers that are found earlier can be easier to treat.

Where to get help

There are people you can talk to for more information or support.

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