Lung Cancer

In 2016, lung cancer was the most common cause of cancer death in Australia. It is estimated that it will remain the most common cause of death from cancer in 2019. Lung cancer was the fifth most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia in 2015. It is estimated that it will remain the fifth most commonly diagnosed cancer in 2019. The risk of being diagnosed with lung cancer in Australia by age 85 is 1 in 13 for men and 1 in 21 for women.

Symptoms of lung cancer may include:

  • shortness of breath and wheezing
  • hoarseness
  • chest pain
  • coughing or spitting up blood
  • a new cough that does not go away
  • recurring bronchitis or pneumonia
  • loss of appetite
  • unexplained weight loss
  • fatigue.

For more information, go to:

Cancer Council Australia

Lung Foundation

Fact sheets