November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung cancer is the UK's biggest cancer killer. It can affect anyone - young and old, men and women, smokers and non smokers, ordinary blokes and Olympians.

"People don't truly understand what it is like for lung cancer patients. It is hard to articulate why we feel so differently but it is largely due to the disease's stigma and therefore we don't talk about it enough. Please help us this month by sharing our stories and raising awareness."

Katie, living with lung cancer

Lung cancer does not discriminate
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Santi's Story

Santiago Lange won the gold medal in the Narca 17 mixed class at the R10 2016 Olympics, 11 months after having part of his left lung removed.

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Hilda's Story

Hilda has volunteered for us for over 9 years. She is also a lung cancer survivor. In this short film, Hilda discusses her diagnosis and tells us what she loves about volunteering.

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Craig's Story

Craig's an ordinary bloke. Married with two kids, he likes going to the pub watching football - and dressing up as a pirate when getting chemotherapy!

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Share your Story

If you have been affected by lung cancer and want to get involved with Lung Cancer Awareness Month, or the charity in general, please visit our Become a Patient Advocate page.


Lung Cancer Signs and Symptoms

The majority of lung cancer cases are diagnosed at Accident and Emergency. This is largely due to a lack of understanding about potential symptoms of the disease. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, then please go and see your doctor or, for further advice, you can call our free nurse-led helpline on 0800 358 7200.

If you are running your own lung cancer awareness event or stall, you can order your official Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation LCAM packs containing helpful booklets, posters and leaflets about the signs and symptoms of lung cancer as well as balloons, pens and banner rolls to decorate your stand.

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A persistent cough
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A cough that changes or gets worse
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Coughing up blood / Blood in your spit
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Breathlessness
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Unexplained weight loss
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Persistent chest infections
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Chest and/or shoulder pain
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Tiredness / fatigue
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Hoarseness in your voice
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Difficulty swallowing or pain when swallowing
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Fever of 38C or above
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Finger clubbing
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Loss of appetite
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Pain or discomfort under your ribs on your right side
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Swelling in your face or neck
Lung Cancer needs to be understood
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When is a cough not just a cough?

DID YOU KNOW...? The majority of lung cancer cases are diagnosed after it has spread or that the 5-year survival rate for advanced lung cancer is as low as 6%.

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Lung cancer is the biggest killer in women in the UK

DID YOU KNOW...? Lung cancer is the biggest cancer killer of women in the UK and continues to be on the rise.

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The value of lung cancer research

DID YOU KNOW...? Lung cancer kills more people than rectal, breast and prostate cancer put together so research into the disease is essential.

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If you're experiencing any symptoms or have any concerns

go and see your doctor or call our free nurse-led helpline. Our nurses will offer advice on your symptoms and what you should do next.

Call our Lung Cancer Helpline on FREEPHONE 0800 358 7200