Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers to be diagnosed in the UK, warned the NHS.
Around 45,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer in the UK every year.
Signs of the disease only tend to reveal themselves once the cancer has spread through the lungs.
One of the common symptoms of lung cancer is unexplained back pain, it’s been revealed.
“Many people know a cough that lasts for more than 3 weeks, breathlessness and/or fatigue could be a sign of lung cancer,” said the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.
“Backache is one of those things that we often explain away.
“‘I pulled it when I was carrying that heavy shopping bag’, ‘I was training too hard’ or ‘it’s just a sign of getting older’.
“However, it can be a sign of lung cancer. If you have any concerns, you should go to your GPs as soon as possible.”
But, just because you develop back pain, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have lung cancer.
It’s a very common condition, and usually improves by itself within a few weeks or months.
Other lung cancer symptoms include having a cough that won’t go away, having a hoarse throat, or feeling short of breath.
You should speak to a doctor if you’re worried about the signs or symptoms of lung cancer.