November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, a time for highlighting the needs of people with lung cancer and promoting ways to prevent, treat and live with this disease. Quality and evaluation officer Rachael takes a look at lung cancer symptoms and risk factors.

Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK. About 46,400 people are diagnosed with it each year. The number of men diagnosed with lung cancer is reducing but the number of women diagnosed with it is increasing. The main reason for this is that more men are giving up smoking, while more women are smoking -  and starting at a younger age.

Many of us know that smoking is the biggest risk factor in developing lung cancer. If you do smoke, then stopping will reduce your risk over time. After about 15 years of stopping smoking your risk of lung cancer is almost the same as a non-smoker.

If you’re looking for information or support, try our information on giving up smoking, online or in print.

As part of lung cancer awareness month, we want to spread the message that:

• anyone can get lung cancer but people who smoke have a much greater risk

• earlier diagnosis means a better chance of successful treatment.

As with many cancers, an earlier diagnosis can make lung cancer easier to treat. It means there are more treatment options to successfully treat the cancer or to help people to live for longer.

In this video, Paula Wells, clinical oncologist, talks about lung cancer and how important it is to seek help early: