Almost 100 people a month are being diagnosed with lung cancer in WA

Updated 3 Nov 2021.

Lung cancer was the fifth most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia in 2017 and the most common cause of cancer death in 2019 according to Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data.

We are using November's Lung Cancer Awareness Month to remind those living in regional WA of the symptoms of lung cancer and what to do if they notice any unusual changes to their body.

It's important to visit your doctor, clinic nurse or Aboriginal health worker right away if you experience any symptoms.

The main symptoms of lung cancer are:

• coughing or spitting up blood
• a new cough or change to your usual cough
• becoming shorter of breath, tired or lacking energy
• pain in the chest or shoulder
• repeated chest infections
• losing weight without trying
• not feeling hungry

Having any of these symptoms doesn't mean you've got cancer, often it turns out to be something less serious, though it's critical to have the symptoms investigated early to be sure.

Remember, the chances of successful treatment are much higher when cancer is found early.

More information

• For support with quitting smoking call Quitline on 13 78 48 or visit
• For more information about lung cancer symptoms and to read the stories and advice of regional West Australians who have had cancer, visit
• For more information about any of our support services please call our Cancer Nurses on 13 11 20.
• For an overview of what to expect during all stages of your cancer care, read our Lung Cancer Care Guide. This is a short guide to what is recommended, from diagnosis to treatment and beyond.

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