Getting diagnosed

You usually start by seeing your GP. They will ask you about your general health and symptoms and will also examine you. This might include listening to your breathing and seeing how much air you breathe in and out. Your doctor will then decide whether to do tests or refer you to a specialist.

Seeing your GP

Find out what happens when you see your GP and read about how to get the most out of your appointment.

Referral to a specialist

Your GP should arrange for you to see a specialist if you have symptoms that could be due to lung cancer.

Screening for lung cancer

In the UK, lung cancer screening is recommended for people at high risk of lung cancer. Find out why screening is now recommended and who has it. 

Tests for lung cancer

There are a number of different tests to diagnose lung cancer, and to find out the size of the cancer and whether it has spread. Find out more about these tests. 

Lung Health Checks

The NHS will be offering Lung Health Checks in some areas of England from Autumn 2019.

Last reviewed: 
18 Sep 2019
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