Lung cancer is responsible for nearly 160,000 deaths per year in the U.S. Like most cancers, the key to increasing the odds for survival are early detection, which can be trickier with lung cancer compared to other types of cancer. The following are symptoms of lung cancer that should not be ignored.
(1) Weight Loss
Unexplained weight loss is another sign of lung cancer and is also commonly accompanied by a lack of appetite. It’s often the release of certain chemicals that are triggered by lung cancer that can increase the metabolism and result in weight loss.
(2) Difficulty in Breathing
Having difficulty catching your breath is another symptom of lung cancer. Activities that you were once able to do without any problem might cause you to feel like it is difficult to catch your breath.
(3) Coughing Up Blood
Although a cough that is caused by lung cancer is often unproductive or dry, in other cases coughing can bring up traces of blood or bloody phlegm. No matter what you think you have, if you have not already been evaluated by a doctor, coughing up blood is always cause for concern and should be addressed by a doctor as soon as possible.
(4) Chest Pain
It’s common for lung cancer to cause pain in the chest area that may worsen with coughing or breathing. Although the lungs themselves are not capable of sensing pain, the areas that surrounds the lungs are subject to inflammation due to lung cancer and it can actually feel as if the lungs are hurting.
One of the early signs of lung cancer is a persistent cough that may worsen with time. Sometimes the cough may interfere with sleep and may be similar to a cough that results from allergies or bronchitis.
Source: Daily Entertainment