In the early stages of lung cancer there are often no symptoms. As the disease progresses symptoms can include:

  • Persistent coughing
  • Persistent chest infections
  • A long standing cough that gets worse
  • Breathlessness
  • Coughing up blood
  • Unexplained weight loss and tiredness
  • Chest or shoulder pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Hoarse voice

You should seek medical attention if you have any of these symptoms. In the first instance your GP may order blood and urine tests. You may also be referred for a chest x-ray.

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To learn more about lung cancer including diagnosis and treatment visit the MacMillan Cancer Support website.

*Source: NHS Choices