NHS Lincolnshire CCG is reminding people to tell their GP practice if they have had a cough for three weeks or more and who don’t have COVID-19. This is part of a national campaign highlighting the signs and symptoms associated with lung cancer.
Coughs are common at this time of year, but a persistent cough that lasts longer than three weeks should not be ignored. In the vast majority of cases the underlying condition will not be serious but occasionally it could be a sign of lung cancer.
Nationally around three quarters of people are diagnosed with lung cancer when it is already in the advanced stages and much harder to treat. Many die within a year after receiving their diagnosis.
But evidence shows that people who are diagnosed with lung cancer in its early stages are much more likely to respond well to treatment and to live longer.
There are usually no signs or symptoms in the early stages but people with lung cancer will eventually develop symptoms including:
- persistent cough;
- coughing up blood;
- an ache or pain in the chest when breathing or coughing;
- persistent breathlessness;
- unexplained tiredness and weight loss.
Lung cancer is one of the most common and serious types of cancer in the UK. This is why it’s so important for people to be aware of the symptoms and to contact their GP as soon as they notice something is wrong.
Like all cancers early diagnosis is vital and improves the chance of survival significantly. When lung cancer is diagnosed in its early stages, there are more treatment options and treatment is likely to be more successful. Find out more at Lung cancer – NHS (www.nhs.uk)