November is Lung Cancer awareness month, aiming to make people aware of the signs and symptoms to look out for.
It originally started off as an awareness day but momentum around this grew and it developed into an awareness month. The NHS says that lung cancer is one of the most common types of cancer and around 47,000 people are diagnosed with it every year in the UK alone.
The NHS says that the main symptoms of lung cancer often develop as the condition progresses and can include;
- A cough that does not go away after two to three weeks
- A long-standing cough that gets worse
- Chest infections that keep coming back
- Coughing up blood
- An ache or pain when breathing or coughing
- Persistent breathlessness
- Persistent tiredness or lack of energy
- Loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss
If you have any of the above symptoms Macmillan recommend you see your GP, particularly if you are over 40 or currently are, or previously were, a smoker. (Although you do not have to have been a smoker to develop lung cancer).
Lung cancer can be treated, but as with most cancers, the outcome is better the earlier it is diagnosed and often the symptoms only develop once the disease has progressed.
According to Cancer Research UK, cancer can sometimes spread to the lungs from elsewhere in the body which is called a ‘metastases’.
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