Anyone with the symptoms of lung cancer should book an appointment with their GP.
If the doctor suspects lung cancer they are likely to refer you to a specialist for testing.
Testing is likely to include a chest x-ray to spot anything unusual. Other types of testing include a CT scan, bronchoscopy, lung biopsy, and fine needle aspiration.
A fine needle aspiration is a test where a sample of cells is taken from lymph nodes the neck.
A lung biopsy is when a needle is inserted through the skin to take a sample of cells from the lung. A bronchoscopy is when medical professionals examine inside the lungs under a local anaesthetic– with a sample of cells being taken.