What is lung cancer?

Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK. It is more common as you get older. 

Lung cancer symptoms

Symptoms of lung cancer can include a cough that won't go away, coughing up blood, breathlessness and weight loss. Find out more about these and other symptoms. 

Getting diagnosed

You usually start by seeing your GP and they might refer you to a specialist and organise tests.

Stages, types and grades

Get information about different stages of lung cancer and the grades and types of lung cancer.

Risks and causes

Certain factors can increase your risk of developing lung cancer, such as smoking or exposure to certain chemicals. 


Survival depends on many factors including the stage and type of your lung cancer. 


Your treatment depends on the type of lung cancer, where it is, it's size, whether it has spread, and your general health

Living with lung cancer

Getting practical and emotional support can help you cope with a diagnosis of lung cancer.

Advanced lung cancer

Advanced lung cancer means a cancer that started in the lung has come back or has spread to another part of the body. 

Lung cancer research and clinical trials

Find out about the latest UK research into lung cancer and search for clinical trials.

Last reviewed: 
19 Dec 2019
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