Lung cancer symptoms: Six changes to your skin – 'speak to a doctor immediately'

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Lung cancer symptoms: Six changes to your skin – 'speak to a doctor immediately'

There is no national screening programme for lung cancer in the UK. Your doctor might carry out routine blood tests and find that you have a raised

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There is no national screening programme for lung cancer in the UK. Your doctor might carry out routine blood tests and find that you have a raised platelet count, as this might be a sign of lung cancer. Cancer Research UK says that finding lung cancer early can mean that it’s easier to treat, so if you notice any changes get them checked out by your GP as soon as possible.

Giulia Guerrini, the lead pharmacist from digital pharmacy www.medino.com, said: “Lung cancer is the most common cancer worldwide and although skin symptoms are not very common, they can manifest as a consequence of the cancer spreading to other organs.”

She added: “Some medications and cancer treatments can also be responsible for changes in your skin, so it’s important to monitor these changes with your oncologist.

“Skin symptoms can include your skin bruising more easily, raised blotches appearing, skin turning a yellowish colour, increased itchiness, rashes forming around the eyes and regular flushing on one half of the face.”

The pharmacist said: “There’s no need to worry if you experience some dry or itchy skin, but if you notice anything different with your skin in combination with the most common lung cancer symptoms – such as frequent coughing, regular chest infections, shortness of breath and coughing up blood – speak to a doctor immediately.”

The pharmacist said identifying cancer as early as possible can be crucial, as the cure rate for patients diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer is as high as 80 to 90 percent.

Cancer Research says that the most common symptoms of lung cancer are having a cough most of the time, having a change in a cough you have had for a long time, and chest infections that keep coming back or a chest infection that doesn’t get better.

The charity adds that losing your appetite, feeling tired all the time, and losing weight are all signs.

“A cough is also a symptom of coronavirus. It is still important to contact your GP if you have a new or worsening cough.

Your risk of lung cancer is higher if you have a close relative (such as a parent or sibling) who has had lung cancer.

Exposure to certain chemicals and substances which are used in several occupations and industries may increase your risk of developing lung cancer.

Previous lung diseases can increase your risk of lung cancer. These risks are usually higher in smokers.

Once tests have been completed, it should be possible for doctors to know what stage your cancer is, what this means for your treatment and whether it’s possible to completely cure the cancer.



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