DR NEIL SMITH:
Hello, my name is Neil Smith. I'm a GP and I'm really worried about lung cancer.
At the moment, if you think of a cough, you automatically think of Covid-19, and I am seeing fewer of my patients coming forward to tell me about their concerns of lung cancer.
As GPs, we are noticing fewer referrals for suspected lung cancer, and my concern is, if this continues, we'll be diagnosing more people with lung cancer at a later stage.
I know that if we can diagnose and treat lung cancer early, there's a much better chance of survival.
So, my message is, that not all coughs are due to Covid. If you have a new persistent cough, lasting more than 3 weeks, especially if you have recently had a negative Covid test, but even if you are recovering from Covid.
If you've got any other worrying symptoms, especially coughing up blood, new, unexplained breathlessness, weight loss, fatigue. These could all be symptoms of lung cancer.
It's probably nothing serious, but it's better to get it checked out. GPs like me are here to help you. We really do want to know. We can assess and see you safely.
So please don't delay. If somethings not right for you, if you've got new, worrying symptoms or signs that could be cancer. Please contact your GP.
I know that early diagnosis of cancer really does save lives.