Many Brits 'struggle to identify common lung cancer symptoms'

1 May 2012

Many people in the UK fail to identify some of the most common symptoms associated with lung cancer.

This is according to a new survey carried out by Cancer Research UK, which highlighted a lack of public awareness of the life-threatening disease.

Almost 1,500 people were asked to list possible symptoms which are linked with lung cancer, with the results finding that just 77 per cent of respondents correctly mentioned a persistent cough.

Furthermore, only three people identified a change in an existing cough is cause for concern, and just two people listed a painful cough.

Other results included less than ten per cent mentioning an ongoing chest infection as a possible lung cancer symptom and no more than 15 per cent stating persistent chest pain.

Study author Sara Hiom, Cancer Research UK's director of information, stated: "It's very worrying to see from our survey results that when asked to think of lung cancer symptoms many common ones simply don't come to mind for most people."

The results are a particularly cause for concern, seeing as though lung cancer is the second most common form of cancer among British men, according to statistics compiled by Cancer Research UK.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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