Early diagnosis is key to lung cancer survival

10 March 2011

Receiving an early lung cancer diagnosis can mean the difference between life and death, according to one UK specialist.
Dr Robert Rintoul, an oncologist in Cambridge, said that people who suspect they have early signs of the condition should visit their nearest hospital immediately.

His plea came on No Smoking Day, which was held yesterday (March 9th).

Speaking to Cambridge First, Dr Rintoul said: "The sooner lung cancer is diagnosed the more options there are for treatment and the better the chance of being cured.

"Early signs and symptoms of lung cancer include a persistent chest infection, coughing up blood, unexplained breathlessness, tiredness or weight loss and persistent shoulder pain."

He reiterated that consulting your GP early could literally "save your life".

Dr Rintoul noted that lung cancer rates in women over the age of 60 have jumped massively in the past 30 years.

He cited a recent study from Cancer Research UK, which shows that cases have increased from 5,700 in 1975 to more than 15,100 in 2008.

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