November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month which provides the opportunity to raise community awareness of lung cancer and the signs and symptoms of the disease.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of death in Australia with around 12,000 people diagnosed in Australia, and around 110 in the ACT, each year. The symptoms of lung cancer can often be vague and mimic those of other conditions, so it’s important to know what your cough is telling you.
The signs and symptoms of lung cancer can include:
- a new cough that has persisted for 3 weeks or more
- a changed cough
- coughing up blood
- a chest infection that won’t go away
- chest pain and/or shoulder pain
- shortness of breath
- hoarse voice
- weight loss or loss of appetite
Cancer Australia has released a new lung cancer awareness video, What’s your cough telling you? to raise awareness of symptoms that could be lung cancer and the importance of early assessment by a GP or healthcare worker. If lung cancer is found at an earlier stage there is more chance of a better outcome. See https://canceraustralia.gov.au/healthy-living/campaigns-events/lung-cancer-awareness-month
For people affected by lung cancer, Cancer Council ACT has a range of support and information available, including our:
- Cancer of the lung and mesothelioma support group
- Understanding Lung Cancer booklet
- Information and support line Cancer Council 13 11 20
For more information on lung cancer and other support available call 13 11 20.