Responding to new figures released today by Public Health England which show that around 80,000 people could be living with undiagnosed lung cancer, Dr Fran Woodard, Executive Director of Policy and Impact at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:

“It is extremely worrying that so many people could be living with lung cancer without being aware of it because the sooner someone is diagnosed, the greater their chances of surviving the disease.

“Things to look out for include a cough, hoarse voice or chest infection which has lasted three weeks or more, and if you notice any of these please go and see your GP to get checked out as they could be warning signs of lung cancer.

“If you are diagnosed with lung cancer there are treatments available including surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Macmillan also has a range of support on our website from information on common symptoms to look out for to an online support group of people with lung cancer.”

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NHS ‘Be clear on cancer‘ information website