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Melbourne Grove Medical Practice


10 May 2012

If you have been coughing for 3 or more weeks please speak to your doctor

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in England. There are some 33,000 new cases every year. It kills more men and women than any other form of cancer.

Lung cancer affects people of all ages but is most common in those who are over 50. Although it is more common in smokers, around one in eight people with lung cancer has never smoked.

The risk of lung cancer gets worse as you get older, but finding it early improves the chances of successful treatment. So if you have had a cough for three weeks or more, it’s worth visiting your doctor to be on the safe side.

You need to see a doctor straight away if you have been coughing for the past three weeks or more. Some of the other symptoms 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 pain in your chest or shoulder that has lasted some time.

For more information and to read the full version of the leaflet please visit:

Source: NHS Choices

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