Know the symptoms of lung cancer

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

  • Difficulty breathing.
  • A cough that doesn't go away or a change in a long-term cough.
  • Repeated chest infections that won't go away even after antibiotics.
  • Wheezing.
  • Feeling more tired than usual.
  • A hoarse voice.
  • Coughing up blood-stained phlegm.
  • Pain in your chest, especially when you cough or breathe in.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Weight loss.
  • Swelling around your face and neck.
  • Difficulty swallowing.

If you have any of the above symptoms, you must have them checked out by your doctor. But remember they can occur in many conditions other than cancer.

Tips for your lung health

This short animation shows the signs and symptoms of lung cancer and explains what to look out for if you are concerned about your lung health.

For more information on the signs and symptoms of lung cancer and general lung health, read our leaflet Lung Cancer: What You Should Know or see our free magazine Look After Your Lungs.

Screening for lung cancer

Testing for lung cancer when you have no symptoms is called screening. There is no national lung cancer screening programme in Ireland at present.

However there are several studies being carried out worldwide to decide whether or not lung cancer screening would be of benefit.

If you are worried about lung cancer, talk to your GP.

For more information on the signs and symptoms of lung cancer and general lung health, read our leaflet Lung Cancer: What You Should Know or see our free magazine Look After Your Lungs. or visit our dedicated lung cancer pages within our cancer Information section.

Read next: Check your lung health using our online lung health checker tool

Date Last Reviewed: 
Monday, December 11, 2017