53 people in Kerry are diagnosed with lung cancer every year, according to the Irish Cancer Society.
However, over one-third of people with three are more symptoms of the disease are unconcerned about being diagnosed, new research by the charity reveals.
The research around attitudes to lung cancer, launched this week, highlights a number of barriers when it comes to early detection that can impact on survival rates.
It coincides with the society’s lung cancer awareness campaign.
Lung cancer continues to increase with 2,312 people diagnosed in Ireland and 53 in Kerry in 2012, the last year for which figures are available.