Table 16First symptoms of lung cancer and the symptoms that prompted a visit to the doctor.(86)

SymptomFirst symptom N (%)Reason to visit doctor, N (%)
Cough86 (24.9)81 (23.5)
Dyspnea52 (15.1)59 (17.1)
Fatigue49 (14.2)29 (8.4)
Pain in thorax17 (4.9)18 (5.2)
Back pain13 (3.8)11 (3.2)
Haemoptysis11 (3.2)17 (5.1)
Cough and fever9 (2.6)9 (2.6)
Abdominal pain8 (2.3)11 (3.2)
Fever7 (2.0)7 (2.0)
Neurological symptoms8 (2.3)12 (3.5)
Hoarseness7 (2.0)8 (2.3)
Others39 (11.4)55 (15.7)
Total306 (88.7)317 (91.8)

From: 9, Lung cancer

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Referral Guidelines for Suspected Cancer in Adults and Children [Internet].
NICE Clinical Guidelines, No. 27.
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