Lung cancer – what's the campaign about?

We think pharmacists have the potential to play a greater role in the early detection of cancer. Raising awareness and talking to patients about symptoms of lung cancer really can save lives because it can result in earlier diagnosis and better treatment options. 

An early diagnosis makes lung cancer more treatable. It is therefore vital people are fully aware of the symptoms. These include a persistent three-week cough, repeated chest infections, coughing up blood and breathlessness.

Anyone is at risk of lung cancer. It affects both men and women. The disease is most common in older people; 97% of those diagnosed in England are aged over 50.

Find out more about our early cancer detection campaigns »

Alan German is an eight-year survivor of lung cancer. He is now free of the disease because his cancer was detected early. He and his wife Diana tell their story, along with community pharmacist Graham Phillips.

Lung cancer campaign video

What are the key symptoms of lung cancer?

  • A cough that does not go away after more than three weeks
  • Worsening or change of a long-standing cough
  • Repeated or persistent chest infections
  • Blood in the phlegm
  • Unexplained persistent breathlessness
  • Unexplained persistent tiredness or lack of energy
  • Unexplained persistent weight loss
  • Persistent chest and/or shoulder pain
  • Unexplained persistent hoarseness
  • Unexplained swelling of the face and neck

Useful links

The Society worked with experts from the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. Visit the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation website or call their helpline on 0800 358 7200 for further advice and information about lung cancer.

Professional guidance on lung cancer for pharmacists

View the report on the RPS lung cancer audit

Read the RPS lung cancer blog