Lung cancer is one of the most common and serious types of cancer. Around 47,000 people are diagnosed with the condition every year in the UK.
There are usually no signs or symptoms in the early stages of lung cancer, but many people with the condition eventually develop symptoms including:
- a persistent cough
- coughing up blood
- persistent breathlessness
- unexplained tiredness and weight loss
- an ache or pain when breathing or coughing
You should see a GP if you have these symptoms.
Lung cancer GP referrals remain lower than normal and have been the slowest by far out of all cancer types to recover since the start of the pandemic. As of December 2020, lung cancer referrals had reached 73% of pre-COVID levels.
This suggests that there are people who may have worrying symptoms who are still not contacting their GP.
If you’ve had a cough for three weeks or more and it isn’t COVID-19, it could be a sign of cancer. It’s probably nothing serious, but if it is cancer, finding it early makes it more treatable.
Your NHS is here to see you, safely. Contact your GP practice.