4 warning signs of lung cancer the NHS doesn’t want you to ignore

Lung cancer is the biggest cause of cancer-related deaths in England and the fifth biggest cause of death overall.

More recently, TV presenter Jonnie Irwin revealed that he has terminal cancer and decided to go public with the news after learning that the cancer had spread from his lungs to his brain.

The presenter, known for presenting Channel 4 programs A Place in the Sun and the BBC Escape to the Countrysaid his first warning sign was having blurry vision while driving in Italy in August 2020.

He said that a week after returning home from filming A Place in the Sunhe was given “six months to live”.

Earlier this year, the NHS launched a campaign to mark Lung Cancer Day in August and highlighted specific symptoms that people should be aware of.

The Help us help you campaign was aimed at people at greater risk of developing the disease, namely people aged 60 or over, as well as people who are reluctant to see their family doctor.

These are the four warning signs and symptoms that people should look out for and see their doctor immediately if they arise.

persistent shortness of breath

Paula Chadwick, Executive Director of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, said: “It is absolutely vital that if you experience symptoms such as a persistent cough or shortness of breath that you take action and contact your team of doctors. Don’t postpone.

“Don’t assume there’s nothing to worry about. Don’t worry about bothering your doctors. It’s always best to check because if it’s lunch cancer, catching it early can make all the difference.

Recurrent lung infections

Another warning sign of lung cancer is lung infections that keep coming back, says the NHS.

The symptom was highlighted by Tracy Bourne, a 59-year-old woman from Stoke-on-Trent who first noticed a cough around Christmas 2018. In March 2019, she developed a severe lung infection and fell ill.

She was diagnosed with lung cancer weeks after seeing her doctor and having an X-ray. She has since had surgery to remove part of her lung and has been discharged.

“I just thought it was a chest infection and even though I was being sent for tests I kept putting off thinking it was lung cancer because I’ve never smoked in my life,” said Bourne.

“It just goes to show how important it is to get help if something isn’t right. For anyone else who is experiencing a cough that has not gone away, I would really encourage you to contact a medical professional and get a checkup.”

coughing up blood

Coughing up blood is always a cause for concern, and you should see your doctor immediately if this happens.

Cally Palmer, National Director of Cancer at NHS England, said: “We know that most people who are diagnosed with lung cancer early on survive, so it is imperative that people are aware of the symptoms and get it known as soon as possible.

“The NHS is here to help and our services are open so people don’t hesitate to come forward if they notice possible symptoms of lung cancer.”

loss of appetite

Sudden loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss can be a warning sign of lung cancer. Patients may also experience difficulty swallowing or pain when swallowing and wheezing.

4 warning signs of lung cancer the NHS doesn’t want you to ignore

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