Signs and symptoms of lung cancer

If you have any symptom that's been bothering you, it's best to visit your GP as early as possible to get it checked out.

The symptoms of lung cancer may include any of the following:

  • a continuing cough, or change in a long-standing cough
  • a chest infection that doesn’t get better
  • becoming breathlessness and wheezing
  • coughing up blood-stained phlegm (sputum)
  • chest or shoulder pain
  • a hoarse voice
  • a dull ache or a sharp pain when you cough or take a deep breath
  • loss of appetite and loss of weight
  • difficulty swallowing
  • feeling extremely tired (fatigue) and lethargy
  • the ends of the fingers becoming larger or looking more rounded (clubbing)
  • swelling of the lymph nodes (glands) in the neck area.

If you have any of these symptoms for more than three weeks, it’s important to have them checked by your GP. All of these symptoms may also be caused by illnesses other than cancer.

Lung cancer is sometimes diagnosed in people who don’t have any symptoms, but who are having a chest x-ray or scan for another problem.