Signs and symptoms of lung cancer

Symptoms of lung cancer include a cough, repeated chest infections, breathlessness, unexplained pain, weight loss or tiredness.

What are the symptoms of lung cancer?

In the early stages, there may be no signs of lung cancer. Sometimes, lung cancer symptoms will only begin to develop as the cancer progresses.

The symptoms of lung cancer may include:

  • a cough or hoarse voice for 3 weeks or more

  • a change in a cough you have had for a long time

  • a chest infection that does not get better, or repeated chest infections

  • feeling breathless and wheezy for no reason

  • coughing up blood

  • chest pain or shoulder pain that does not get better.

Other possible lung cancer symptoms are:

  • weight loss for no obvious reason
  • feeling extremely tired (fatigue).

If you have any of these symptoms, it is important to have them checked by your GP. Some of these symptoms can be caused by other lung conditions or by smoking.

We understand that showing any symptoms of what could be cancer is worrying. The most important thing is to speak to your GP as soon as possible. We're also here if you need someone to talk to. You can: