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About Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer in Women: Unique Risks and Symptoms

Discover the critical symptoms and risk factors of lung cancer specific to women, and stay one step ahead in your health journey.

Lung cancer is the second most common form of cancer next to breast cancer. However, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death among women in the U.S., surpassing breast cancer in 1987. In fact, over the past 40 years, the lung cancer death rate fell among men by 17%, while increasing by 94% among women.

Although the risk factors for developing lung cancer and lung cancer symptoms are similar between men and women, there are a few considerations women should be mindful of when seeking cancer care.

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Lung Cancer Symptoms

Symptoms of lung cancer in women are similar to the symptoms that present in men. And typically, lung cancer symptoms do not present themselves until the cancer has progressed to later stages. Read more on the 7 signs of lung cancer that you should be aware of here, which include:

  • Persistent cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hoarseness
  • Bronchitis, Pneumonia or Emphysema
  • Chest Pain
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Bone Pain

Since men are more likely to have lung cancer that affects the main airways of the lung, coughing and shortness of breath can be more likely to present in men. In contrast, women who develop cancers elsewhere in the respiratory system might be more likely to experience bone pain, back pain, or fatigue.