Helping Australians take action on lung cancer

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Australians will have access to information encouraging them to recognise and act on the symptoms of lung cancer thanks to a new resource launched today by Cancer Australia as part of Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

The resource, ‘What’s your cough telling you?’, aims to increase awareness of lung cancer symptoms and reduce delays in diagnosis.

Cancer Australia CEO, Professor Helen Zorbas said the resource provides Australians with clear and easily accessible information while also addressing some of the common misconceptions about the disease.

“While tobacco smoking continues to be the largest single cause of lung cancer, it is important to remember the disease can occur in both smokers and non-smokers.”

“The symptoms of lung cancer can often be vague, making diagnosis more difficult. The information contained in this new resource will help people identify the symptoms and encourage early medical assessment.” Professor Zorbas said.

Key symptoms of lung cancer can include:                    

  • A new cough that persists for 3 weeks or more
  • A changed cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • A chest infection that won’t go away.

“These symptoms may be due to other conditions, however it is important to see your GP or healthcare worker to be sure.” Professor Zorbas said.

Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in Australia, with around 10,000 people expected to be diagnosed this year.

The new resource will be available in GP waiting rooms across Australia and is also available for download from

Cancer Australia provides national leadership in cancer control to improve outcomes for those affected by cancer their families and carers.

For more information:

Simon Thomas, Cancer Australia – (02) 9357 9401 or 0438 209 833