I'm 71 years old, always been fit, healthy, attend the gym 5 times a week, never had any problem at all, never smoked, never been exposed to any hazardous material.
Last year, early 2020, I began to develop an irritating cough, which I thought well, it is unlikely I will have any problems with my lungs, and therefore ignored it, until one day, I coughed some blood, which my wife immediately, kind of, advised me or pushed me, to ring my GP, which I did, and he immediately referred me to the hospital for an early appointment, and the hospital sent me an appointment within 2 weeks.
I met the consultant chest physician, who advised to have a scan. Initially, it was a chest x-ray, which showed a shadow on my right lung. Eventually, he decided to refer me for a CT scan, which diagnosed lung cancer, and following that diagnosis, I was referred to the surgical unit in Blackpool, for removal of the right upper lobe of my lungs, which I did, and this followed by a course of chemotherapy, which went well, and that followed by a course of radiotherapy, which I finished at the beginning of this year.
Now, feeling well and I've had regular consultations with my cancer specialists and the nurse specialist as well. So far, everything is going really well, and I'm now back to work, and I've started to do a bit of gentle exercise, walking about 3, 4 miles a day, and hopefully, I'm back to normal. I think the message I would like to give is basically, do not ignore any symptoms of cancer, you just need to contact your GP, have a chat, and it may be nothing to worry about.
However, the system is so good in this country that there is a clear pathway to diagnose any potential problems.