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Getting diagnosed

You usually start by seeing your GP. They will ask you about your general health and symptoms and will also examine you. This might include listening to your breathing and seeing how much air you breathe in and out. Your doctor will then decide whether to do tests or refer you to a specialist.

Seeing your GP

Find out what happens when you see your GP and read about how to get the most out of your appointment.

Referral to a specialist

Your GP should arrange for you to see a specialist if you have symptoms that could be due to lung cancer.


There is no national screening programme for lung cancer in the UK. Read more about lung screening here.

Tests to diagnose

Find out about the tests used to diagnose lung cancer.

Tests to stage

Find out about tests to check the size of a lung cancer and whether it has spread.

Lung Health Checks

The NHS will be offering Lung Health Checks in some areas of England from Autumn 2019.

Last reviewed: 
21 Jul 2017

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