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Lung Cancer


Lung cancer is the 2nd most common cancer in the UK. Around 43,500 people are diagnosed in the UK each year.

Of these cases 9 out of 10 are caused by smoking and 3% by passive smoking.

However long you have been smoking, it is always worth giving up. Click here for further advice.


Lung cancer symptoms

  • Coughing up phlegm (sputum) with signs of blood in it.

  • A cough which persists for more than 3 weeks

  • A change in a cough which you have had for a long time

  • Chest or shoulder pain

  • Breathlessness

  • Unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite

  • Tiredness

  • Persistent hoarseness

  • Difficulty swallowing

  • A change in shape of your fingernails


If you have any of these symptoms it is important to book an appointment for an examination. If necessary we can arrange an immediate chest x-ray on site.


At present there is no lung cancer screening for asymptomatic patients due to the lack of a sensitive enough test.

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