Warning: Don’t ignore a persistent cough

by Elizabeth Shaw -

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According to a campaign to reduce deaths from lung cancer, those whose cough has lasted longer than 3 weeks should see a doctor.

England’s biggest cancer killer, it claims 28,000 lives a year, partly because it is often diagnosed too late. The main symptom is a chronic cough, although it is worth it to note that most instances of this will not be due to cancer.

Other symptoms of lung cancer include:

  • A cough that has gotten worse or changes
  • repeated chest infections
  • coughing up blood
  • breathlessness
  • feeling more tired than usual for some time
  • losing weight for no obvious reason
  • an ache or pain in your chest or shoulder that has lasted some time
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Lung cancer is the leading cause of death in cancer among men and women, both the United States and the world.

“The message from this campaign is clear – if you have a persistent cough, go and see your doctor. The earlier lung cancer is diagnosed, the more likely that treatment will be successful.”

If you have a chronic cough that has been persistent for 3 weeks or more, don’t panic. Get it checked out by a doctor regardless of other symptoms you may have. You should be cautious, because if you are not, you may regret it, regardless of the negative or positive outcome.

Sources: BBC News

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