7 Symptoms of Lung Cancer You Should Know

Seven symptoms you should know. Finding lung cancer early allows for more personalized treatment options, with a much better success rate. Taken on their own, each of the following symptoms of lung cancer is generally not a cause for worry.

7 lung cancer symptoms you should be aware of:

1. Symptom: Persistent Cough

A cough that doesn’t go away or worsens into a chronic “smoker’s cough” is one of the most common symptoms of lung cancer. If you are coughing up blood or rust-colored spit/phlegm, see your doctor immediately.

2. Symptom: Shortness of Breath

Shortness of breath could also be a sign of lung cancer. If a lung cancer tumor is blocking a major airway, it could cause shortness of breath. Sometimes fluid in the lungs can make breathing difficult and this could also be a sign of lung cancer. See your doctor if you have shortness of breath that concerns you.

3. Symptom: Hoarseness

Has your voice changed? Does it sound raspy? Are you hoarse? Has anyone pointed out that your voice sounds high-pitched? These changes in your voice could indicate lung cancer. You should make an appointment with your doctor to have any changes in your voice checked out.

4. Symptom: Bronchitis

Chronic bronchitis or pneumonia that doesn’t go away or that keeps coming back could be a sign of lung cancer. If you have symptoms of bronchitis or pneumonia, such as a cough, shortness of breath, slight fever and chills and chest discomfort, see your doctor for treatment as soon as possible.

5. Symptom: Chest Pain

If you have pain in your chest, it could be an indicator of lung cancer. This is especially true if the chest pain often is worse when you breathe deeply, cough or laugh. See your doctor if you have chest pain that gets worse when breathing deeply, coughing or laughing.

6. Symptom: Unexplained Weight Loss

Have you lost weight for no reason? One of the first signs of cancer, including lung cancer, is unexplained weight loss. If you have lost 10 pounds or more and you haven’t been trying, see your doctor immediately.

7. Symptom: Bone Pain

Bone pain, possibly in the back, could be a symptom of lung cancer. It might be hard to determine the difference between bone pain and muscle pain.  Bone pain often gets worse at night and also gets worse with movement.

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