Lung cancer symptoms: Bronchitis that won’t go away is an early warning sign


Lung cancer develops when cells in the lungs grow out of control and this proliferation typically spreads to other regions of the body. Like all cancers, acting on the warning signs improves survival outcomes. Unfortunately, most lung cancers don’t cause symptoms until the disease has advanced.

Bronchitis is an infection of the main airways of the lungs (bronchi), causing them to become irritated and inflamed.

This typically causes your lungs to produce more mucus than usual.

Other early warning signs of lung cancer include:

A cough that doesn’t go away after two or three weeks
A long-standing cough that gets worse
Coughing up blood
An ache or pain when breathing or coughing
Persistent breathlessness
Persistent tiredness or lack of energy
Loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss.

When to see your GP

According to the NHS, you should see a GP if you have symptoms of lung cancer, such as breathlessness or a persistent cough.

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“The GP will ask about your general health and your symptoms,” explains the health body.

“They may examine you and ask you to breathe into a device called a spirometer, which measures how much air you breathe in and out…

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