Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer for both men and women in Australia!

There are substantially higher lung cancer mortality rates amongst rural/remote Australians, amongst lower socio-economic groups and amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

And with 85% of lung cancer diagnoses happening in the late stages of the disease, CitiScan Radiology are encouraging our community to Invest in Your Health - Know the Signs, Get Checked & Get Well.

Some of the ongoing symptoms can include:

  • shortness of breath
  • changes to the voice, such as hoarseness
  • chest pain, coughing or spitting up blood
  • a new cough that does not go away
  • chest infection that lasts more than three weeks or keeps coming back
  • enlarged fingertips
  • loss of appetite
  • unexplained weight loss
  • tiredness

High risk patients are aged 50-70 years who are asymptomatic, or are / were a long term smoker within the last 10 years.

Early intervention results in significant reduction in lung cancer mortality and diagnosis of a larger proportion of lung cancers at earlier stages