Almost 1 in 3 Australians has a lung disease, yet many people tend to put the symptoms down to getting older or being unfit. Getting an early diagnosis is critical to improving outcomes and saving lives. If lung cancer is found at an earlier stage, there is more chance of a better outcome.
During November, Lung Cancer Awareness Month Cancer Australia aims to raise awareness of lung cancer, improve care and treatment, and highlight issues affecting those diagnosed with lung cancer and their partners and families.
It’s important to know the symptoms of lung cancer as although lung cancer occurs mostly in people aged 60 and over, it can affect people of any age.
What are the symptoms?
coughing up blood
a new or changed cough that doesn’t go away
chest pain and/or shoulder pain or discomfort – the pain may be worse with coughing or deep breathing
trouble breathing or shortness of breath
loss of appetite
persistent chest infection
tiredness or weakness
Many conditions can cause these symptoms, not just lung cancer.
Could you or a loved one have lung cancer?
Take the test here
Anyone can get lung cancer, even if you have never smoked. If you have any of these symptoms and they are persistent, please talk to your doctor.