November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and Macmillan Cancer Support is encouraging people to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease.
Lung cancer is common in both men and women. Smoking is the main cause of lung cancer, but non-smokers get it too. About 6 in 10 people diagnosed with lung cancer in the UK are aged 70 and over.
Carol Davies, Macmillan Lung Cancer specialist nurse at Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny, said: “Knowing what changes to look for and when to see your doctor could make a real difference. Don’t be scared if you have symptoms, get them checked.”
See your doctor if you have any of these symptoms:
- A cough that lasts for three weeks or more.
- A change in a cough you have had for a long time.
- A chest infection that doesn’t get better, or repeated chest infections.
- Feeling breathless for no reason.
- Coughing up blood.
- A hoarse voice that lasts for three weeks or more.
- Pain in your chest or shoulder that doesn’t get better.
- Feeling more tired than usual for some time.
Carol added: “Most people with these symptoms do not have lung cancer, they can be caused by other things. However, if do you have symptoms, don’t ignore them, see your doctor. If you do have cancer, the sooner it’s found, the better.”