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If you’ve had a cough for 3 weeks or more, or find yourself getting out of breath more easily tell your doctor.
Out of breath – what could it be?
We all get short of breath sometimes, but if you get out of breath doing everyday things you used to be able to do it could be a sign of lung disease, such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), or heart disease.
It could also be a sign of other health problems such as anaemia or anxiety. But don't try and diagnose yourself, go and see your doctor to find out for sure.
The good news is that the conditions that cause shortness of breath can often be treated. So it's important to see your doctor if your breathing is difficult or uncomfortable, or if it feels like you can't get enough air.
Could it be cancer?
Breathlessness could also be a sign of lung cancer, which is why it's so important to see your doctor. Early detection makes it easier to treat. Seeing your doctor could save your life.
Persistent coughing – what could it be?
If you've had a cough for three weeks or more it could be a sign of lung disease including cancer, tell your doctor. It's probably nothing serious, but you're not wasting anyone's time by getting it checked out. Call your GP today.
Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in England. There are some 34,000 new cases every year. It kills more men and women than any other form of cancer.
Lung cancer affects people of all ages but is most common in those who are over 50. Although it is more common in smokers, around one in eight people with lung cancer has never smoked. The risk of lung cancer gets worse as you get older, but finding it early improves the chances of successful treatment. So if you have had a cough for three weeks or more, it’s worth visiting your doctor to be on the safe side.
You need to see a doctor straight away if you have been coughing for the past three weeks or more. Some of the other symptoms of lung cancer include:
• A cough that has got worse or changes • Repeated chest infections • Coughing up blood • Breathlessness • Feeling more tired than usual for some time • Losing weight for no obvious reason • An ache or pain in your chest or shoulder that has lasted some time.