Lung cancer

Lung cancer

What is lung cancer?

Lung cancer is a malignant tumour in the tissue of one or both of the lungs. A primary cancer starts in the lungs, while a secondary or metastatic cancer starts somewhere else in the body and spreads to the lungs.

Read more about the different types of lung cancer

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.

Read more about the symptoms of lung cancer.

Lung cancer statistics

  • About 11,270 people (59% males, 41% females) were diagnosed with lung cancer in Australia in 2012
  • It is the fifth most common cancer in Australia
  • It is most commonly diagnosed in people aged 60 years and older.

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.