Lung Cancer Awareness Month

The earlier cancer is found, the easier it is to treat - that is why we are trying to help raise awareness of the "Get Checked Early" campaign - a little time out of your day to find out about signs and symptoms, and visit your GP if you have concerns, could make all the difference.

The Lung Cancer Awareness campaign is famously fronted by Sir Alex Ferguson, who lost both his parents to lung cancer - see him meeting lung cancer survivor Tom Hart, here.

There are around 5000 new cases of lung cancer diagnosed each year, many people will put up with symptoms for many months before seeing their GP, sometimes because they think it is nothing, or because they don't want to waste their doctor's time. Having any of these symptoms doesn't mean you have lung cancer, but if you've had any for more than 3 weeks you shouldn't ignore them - visit your GP and tell them what is happening to be on the safe side.

  • A cough you've had for 3 weeks or more.
  • A cough you've had for a long time that's got worse or changes.
  • Feeling breathless for no reason.
  • A chest infection that doesn't clear up.
  • Coughing blood.
  • Unexplained weight loss.
  • Chest or shoulder pains.
  • Unexplained tiredness or lack of energy.
  • A hoarse voice

If you notice someone you know has any of these symptoms it is important to speak to them about it - they might not realise it could be a sign of cancer, or they might be worried about wasting their GP's time - encourage them to see someone about their symptoms - friends and family are really improtant when it comes to helping pass on information and encouraging others to speak to their GP. If you're worried, speak about it - you could look at some of the websites together and discuss your concerns and why you think they should see the doctor.

For more helpful information and real-life stories visit the Get Checked Early website, or for more information about how Scotland is tackling cancer visit The Wee C.