This time of year, it’s no surprise to experience a runny nose or a chesty cough.

 

However, when should we start to worry that it’s something more?

 

 

At least half of all people with lung cancer present with a cough when they are diagnosed.

 

So if you’re concerned, here are five things to look out for.

 

1. Persistence

 

We’re all prone to a cough now and then but if there is no sign of it clearing up, best to go see your doctor.

 

2. Blood

 

If you find you’re coughing up blood or red-coloured phlegm, you’ve surpassed your standard cough.

 

 

3. Chest pain

 

Our chests often feel tight when we have a cough, but if it’s becoming painful to breathe deeply or even laugh, book in to see your GP.

 

4. Repeat diagnosis

 

If you’ve gone to the doctor multiple times in a short period and been diagnosed with bronchitis or pneumonia, then there could be something more serious involved.

 

5. Difficulty swallowing

 

It’s time to seek medical advice if the pain has become so intense that you cannot swallow comfortably any longer.

 

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