What is Lung cancer?

Lung cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the lung grow in an uncontrolled way. It often spreads (metastasises) to other parts of the body before the cancer can be detected in the lungs.

Lung cancer is 1 of the 10 most common cancers in both men and women in Australia.

  • Lung cancer statistics

    Lung cancer statistics

    Lung cancer is 1 of the 10 most common cancers in both men and women in Australia.

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  • Know the risk factors

    Know the risk factors

    Some risk factors are modifiable, such as lifestyle or environmental risk factors, and others cannot be modified, such as inherited factors or whether someone in the family has had cancer.

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  • Lung cancer symptoms

    Lung cancer symptoms

    Some of the most common symptoms of lung cancer are a new or changed cough that is persistent (doesn’t go away), coughing up blood, wheezing, trouble breathing or shortness of breath.

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  • How is lung cancer diagnosed?

    How is lung cancer diagnosed?

    You might have a number of tests to investigate your symptoms and confirm a diagnosis of lung cancer.

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  • Treatment options

    Treatment options

    Treatment and care of people with cancer is usually provided by a team of health professionals, both medical and allied health, called a multidisciplinary team.

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  • Finding support

    Finding support

    You might feel overwhelmed, scared, anxious or upset if you have been diagnosed with cancer – these are all normal feelings.

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  • Research & clinical trials

    Research & clinical trials

    Research is ongoing to find new ways to diagnose and treat different types of cancer.

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  • Health professionals

    Health professionals

    Information and Clinical Guidelines for Health professionals.

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