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Lung cancer is the third most common most common cancer in the UK, accounting for 13% of all new cancer cases.
In the UK, in just one year, some 25,000 men and 22,300 women were diagnosed with lung cancer.
Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in the UK, accounting for 21% of all cancer deaths.
Lung cancer is cancer that starts in the windpipe (trachea), the main airway (bronchus) or the lung tissue. It develops when there is uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells inside one or both lungs. These cells grow to form tumours . More than eight out of ten cases of lung cancer in the UK are caused by smoking. There are two main types of lung cancer:
Smoking is widely recognised as a major risk factor (86%) - If you are a smoker, the best thing you can do for your health is to quit! Other causes/risks include:
These symptoms could be due to lung cancer but can also be caused by other medical conditions:
These symptoms may not be due to cancer but it's important to get them checked by a doctor. They can undertake tests and where necessary refer you for further tests and treatment. Don't delay.
Treatment depends on what type of lung cancer you have, where your cancer is, at what stage it is and your general health and level of fitness. There are a number of different treatments available and your doctors will discuss the best treatment for you. Treatments can include: