Lung cancer

Lung cancer

What is lung cancer?

Lung cancer is a malignant tumour in the tissue of one or both lungs.

There are several types of lung cancer, which are classified according to the type of cell affected:

non-small cell lung cancer; small cell lung cancer; and mesothelioma.

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Lung cancer symptoms

The main symptoms of lung cancer are:

  • a new dry cough or change in a chronic cough
  • chest pain or breathlessness
  • repeated bouts of pneumonia or bronchitis
  • coughing or spitting up blood.

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Lung cancer statistics

  • About 9200 people (65% males, 35% females) are diagnosed with lung cancer in Australia each year.
  • It is the fifth most common cancer in Australia, but it is the leading cause of cancer death.
  • Lung cancer is most commonly diagnosed in people aged 65-79.

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The aim of this information is to help you understand about lung cancer. We cannot advise you about the best treatment for you. You need to discuss this with your doctors. However, we hope this information will answer some of your questions and help you think about the questions you would like to ask your doctors or other health carers.