Lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer for both men and women, and is the leading cause of cancer deaths. One of the reasons that lung cancer is deadly is that this particular type of cancer is difficult to find at early stages. Being familiar with lung cancer symptoms will help inform when you need to visit a doctor to seek a diagnosis.
Lung Cancer Symptoms
The symptoms of cancer usually occur when cancerous cells have spread into surrounding tissue or metastasized (moved) to other parts of the body. Cancer is easiest to treat at an early stage when it is small and has not spread very far, which is why it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible.
Lung cancer is one of the more challenging types to treat because it is hard to find at early stages. In some cases, lung cancer does not cause symptoms. This type of cancer also tends to be aggressive, which means that it can spread quickly to surrounding tissue or other parts of the body.
Symptoms of lung cancer include:
Blood in sputum (coughing up blood)
Loss of appetite
Persistent cough that does not go away
Recurring pneumonia or bronchitis
Swelling in the neck and face
Weight loss without a known cause
Having one or more of these symptoms does not necessarily mean that you have lung cancer. Some of these symptoms overlap with other, non-cancerous conditions. Your doctor will be able to determine the cause of the symptoms and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.
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