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.
We’re all prone to a cough now and then, but if there is no sign of it clearing up, it's best to go and see your doctor.
If you find you’re coughing up blood or red-coloured phlegm, you might have surpassed your standard cough.
3. Chest pain
Our chests often feel tight when we have a cough, but if it’s becoming painful to laugh or even breathe deeply, 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 going on.
5. Difficulty swallowing
It’s time to seek medical advice if the pain has become so intense that you cannot swallow comfortably any longer.