What are the symptoms of lung cancer?
If you have been coughing for the past three weeks or more, you need to see a doctor straight away.
Some of the other symptoms of lung cancer include:
- A cough that has got worse or changes
- Repeated chest infections
- Coughing up blood
- Feeling more tired than usual for some time
- Losing weight for no obvious reason
- An ache or pain in your chest or shoulder that has lasted some time
You can find your doctor’s contact details by using the search box on the right.
How important is it to see my doctor?
If you notice any of the symptoms above, tell your doctor right away. Detecting lung cancer early makes it easier to treat, so seeing your doctor quickly may save your life. It’s probably nothing serious but it could also be a sign of something that needs treatment.
And if you know anyone who has any of these symptoms, insist they see their doctor.
What should I expect when I see my doctor?
Your doctor will ask you a few questions and may suggest a chest x-ray. This is standard procedure and nothing to worry about. It doesn’t require an overnight hospital stay.
Your doctor might ask you some of these questions:
- How long have you had a cough? Has it changed over time?
- Have you coughed up blood?
- Have you had any chest infections recently?
- Have you been short of breath? For how long? Has it changed over time?
- Have you lost any weight?
- Have you had a pain in your chest or shoulder? Has it changed over time?
It may help to write down your symptoms and how you feel so you don’t forget anything on your visit.