Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group

Lung cancer

If you've been coughing for 3 weeks or more, tell your doctor.

Coughing could be a sign of cancer. So, if you’ve had a cough for more than three weeks you should see your doctor. Of course, in the vast majority of cases it won’t be serious. But if there is something wrong, finding it early means it’s more likely to be treatable, so tell your doctor.

Some signs of lung cancer include:

  • A cough that has got worse or changes
  • Repeated chest infections
  • Coughing up blood
  • Breathlessness
  • Feeling more tired than usual for some time
  • Losing weight for no obvious reason
  • An ache or change in your chest or shoulder that has lasted for some time.

How important is it to see my doctor?

If you spot any of the signs above, tell your doctor straight away. Detecting lung cancer earlier makes it easier to treat, so seeking medical help quickly could save your life. It may be nothing serious and if that's the case, you will feel reassured.

If you know someone who has any of these symptoms above, insist that they see their doctor.

Lung cancer support in Dorset

Breathe Easy are the British Lung Foundation support groups for people affected by lung conditions including their friends, family and carers:

You can find your nearest or start your own Breathe Easy support group, if they are unrepresented in your area. 

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