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Lung cancer overview

Lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer in the UK. Lung cancer and smoking often, but not always, go hand in hand. There are usually no signs or early symptoms of lung cancer. As lung cancer stages advance, lung cancer symptoms may include coughing, weight loss, shortness of breath and bloody sputum. Treatment for lung cancer depends on the stage of the disease but can include surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy.

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Lung cancer symptoms

Lung cancer does not usually causes any symptoms in the early stages of the disease. Once warning signs become apparent, the cancer may have progressed.



In 2012, the NHS launched a series of adverts to raise awareness of lung cancer symptoms, such as a persistent cough: "If you've been coughing for 3 weeks or more, tell your doctor."

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