The Cancer Institute NSW has launched a new campaign calling for Australians to take more care in listening out for the early signs of lung cancer.
Lung cancer is currently the most common cause of cancer death in the country, with seven people dying of this disease in Australia every day.
David Currow, chief cancer officer and chief executive officer of the Cancer Institute NSW, says that people need to learn to recognise the signs and symptoms of lung cancer and to take action if anything feels amiss.
"If you have had a persistent cough lasting longer than three weeks, had a cough that has changed or coughed up blood it is important you see your GP straight away to ask for a chest x-ray. It could save your life," said Mr Currow in a statement released March 18.
Mr Currow's comments serve as a reminder to all Australians that it is important to be aware of your health and to ensure that you have a strong health insurance plan in place should anything arise.
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Minister for health and minister for medical research Jillian Skinner has noted that lung cancer "can happen to anyone", regardless of their background or health history.
"Although smoking is the biggest single risk factor, non-smokers can get lung cancer and shouldn't ignore the symptoms," she said.