The campaign aims to raise awareness of lung cancer and its symptoms. Sadly, lung cancer is the second most common form of cancer in the UK – around 43,500 people are diagnosed each year. Below we discuss the causes of lung cancer and its symptoms. If you have any of the symptoms below it is important to make a visit to your GP.
What causes lung cancer?
The cause of most lung cancers is smoking but lung cancer can also be caused by asbestos exposure. If you have been exposed to asbestos and have smoked, you are at a greater risk of developing lung cancer.
Asbestos-related lung cancer is different to mesothelioma, the incurable cancer also caused by asbestos. Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the body’s organs and most commonly affects the lining of the lungs whereas asbestos-related lung cancer affects the lung tissue cells causing them to grow abnormally and out of control.
Both asbestos-related lung cancer and mesothelioma have similar symptoms and for both types of cancer, early diagnosis is key to a good prognosis.
The most common symptoms are:
- A persistent cough lasting three weeks or more
- A change in a cough that you have had for a long time
- Repeated chest infections
- Unexplained shortness of breath
- Chest or shoulder pain
- Coughing up blood
Many people also experience:
- Unexplained weight loss
- Change of shape to the end of their fingers (clubbing)
If you experience any of these symptoms you should see your GP who will be able to make the necessary investigations. Make sure when speaking to your doctor you give them your full smoking history and make them aware of any exposure to asbestos you have had. This will help them to give you the best advice and treatment.
How can we help?
If you require assistance in pursuing an asbestos compensation claim for mesothelioma or other asbestos disease then please contact us today on our freephone number 0800 038 6767. Alternatively, head over to the ‘Contact Us’ page, complete the form and we will be in touch.