Lung cancer

Lung cancer is the biggest cause of cancer death in New Zealand – largely because it is often detected late, when the disease is very advanced and has spread to other parts of the body.

People can survive lung cancer if it is caught early.

Symptoms include:

  • a persistent, worsening cough
  • coughing up excessive phlegm with blood
  • chest pain with coughing or breathing
  • recurring chest infections.

Related websites

Lung Foundation New Zealand
The Lung Foundation aim to promote awareness of lung disease. They provide information and support to those affected by lung cancer.

Cancer Society
The Cancer Society of New Zealand is the country’s largest source of information about cancer and its effects. They provides information on types of cancer, diagnosis, methods of treatment and advice on living with cancer.

Better Health Channel
The Better Health Channel was established in May 1999 by the Victorian (Australia) State Government. It provides a wide range of health and medical information on conditions including cancer.

Information and support for people who want to quit smoking. You can also contact the free Quitline advice service on 0800 778 778 or text 4006.

Action on Smoking and Health – ASH
ASH New Zealand was founded in 1982 by concerned health professionals and is committed to preventing the uptake of smoking among young people and reducing the prevalence rate of smoking among all New Zealanders, particularly Māori and pregnant and young women.

Find out more from the Ministry

National Cancer Programme
The Ministry is developing a national work plan that puts equity first and enables national consistency in access to treatment.

Tobacco control
The Ministry of Health is the key agency for policy development in the tobacco control area and is involved in a large number of policy, service development and operational aspects of tobacco control.

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