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Lung cancer

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Introduction
Lung cancer is one of the most common and serious types of cancer. Over 41,000 people are diagnosed with the condition every year in the UK.
Symptoms of lung cancer
There are usually no signs or symptoms in the early stages of lung cancer. However, symptoms develop as the condition progresses.
Causes of lung cancer
Most cases of lung cancer are caused by smoking, although people who have never smoked can develop the condition.
Diagnosing lung cancer
You should see your GP if you have symptoms of lung cancer, such as breathlessness or a persistent cough.
Treating lung cancer
People with cancer should be cared for by a multidisciplinary team (MDT), a team of specialists who work together to provide the best treatment and care.
Living with lung cancer
Lung cancer can affect your daily life in different ways, depending on what stage it is at and what treatment you are having.
Preventing lung cancer
Not smoking is the most effective way to avoid getting lung cancer.
'I didn't fit the typical profile of someone with lung cancer'
Peter Quinn was diagnosed with lung cancer after visiting his GP with pain and swelling in his knees.
'I was determined not to let the diagnosis spoil my life'
Shirley Smith went to her GP after she had coughed up a spot of blood. Within a week, she'd had a scan in hospital and been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.
'I've had full quality of life for a very long time now'
Geoff Williams, a retired language lecturer, had surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy after he was diagnosed with lung cancer.
'I'm thankful I saw my GP as soon as I spotted the symptoms'
Ann Long, a retired social worker, had surgery to remove part of her lung after she was diagnosed with lung cancer.
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